Adults who stay well-hydrated slow aging, stay healthier and develop fewer chronic conditions than those who don’t get enough fluids, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). do not meet.
The study, published in the journal eBiomedicine, is based on data from 11,255 adults, collected over 30 years, on which researchers analyzed the relationship between blood sodium levels and various health indicators.
“The results suggest that proper hydration may slow down aging by prolonging disease-free life,” said Natalia Dmitrieva, one of the authors of the study and a researcher at the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine.
The researcher said that most people can safely increase their fluid intake to reach the recommended levels and this can be done with water as well as other fluids, such as juices, or vegetables and fruits with a high water content. Could
The National Academy of Medicine recommends a daily intake of approximately 6 to 9 glasses (1.5 to 2.2 liters) of fluids for most women and 8 to 12 glasses (2 to 3 liters) for men.
For this analysis, the researchers analyzed information that study participants shared during five medical visits, the first when they were between the ages of 50 and 60, and the last when they were between the ages of 70 and 90.
They then measured 15 categories in which blood sodium levels appear to be related to aging, including systolic blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and others related to cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic functioning and immunity.
They found that adults with higher levels of normal sodium in their blood were more likely to show signs of accelerated biological aging.
The researchers stress in their report that these findings do not prove a cause-and-effect relationship, and that further studies will be needed to determine whether optimal hydration can promote healthy aging by preventing disease.