Water is the most important substance living organisms need. It is common knowledge that if you lose even a little bit more than 1% of the water in your body, your organs will start failing and your body will get serious damage. However, you could be drinking enough water daily and still get dehydrated because of some things you do which you will learn about in this article.
1- Diabetes is a common reason for dehydration, because a body with diabetes tries to get rid of the excessive levels of sugar in blood by increasing the amount of urine with the extra glucose. If you have diabetes and know it you will keep track of what you eat and how much sugar you consume. The problem is IF you have diabetes and do not know it.
2- Dehydration can be a side effect of your meds. For example, many medicines for blood pressure have diarrhea and vomiting as side effects which may lead to dehydration. Some other medicines also cause an increase in urine output which may lead to dehydration as well.
3- Another cause for dehydration is a medical condition called irritable bowel syndrome. The symptoms of this condition (nausea and diarrhea) can cause dehydration. Moreover, People who suffer from this condition sometimes limit themselves to certain diets to lessen its effects. These diets might cause dehydration if they have low quantities of fluids.
4- Age is another cause for dehydration. Your body’s ability to conserve water lessens as you age. Moreover, feeling thirst also declines as you age. Therefore, you will not know when you need water. So if you are heading towards your golden years, make sure to drink water regularly and keep a water bottle close to you all the time.
5- Living in or traveling to places in high altitudes can make you dehydrated. Your urine output and breathing will accelerate to adjust to the high altitude. This obviously may lead to dehydration if you are not careful.