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Dehydration: Water, Electrolytes and Healthy Rehydration

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Dehydration: Water, Electrolytes and Healthy Rehydration

How many times have you heard that so-and-so was “hospitalized for dehydration,” and then after expressing concern, you hear the nonchalant response of, “Oh, s/he's fine, s/he was just dehydrated!” And then you end up thinking, “Well, why didn't so-and-so just drink some water?” or “How does that happen?” or “Could that ever happen to me at some point?” The reality is that dehydration can cause serious complications, and can lead to coma, and even death.1 Be aware, that in elderly people, dehydration occurs often because the perception of “being thirsty” is decreased as one ages;2 it can also happen...

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