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DAK warns of heat-related dehydration.
Due to the enormously rising temperatures and the expected record temperatures at the weekend, the German employee health insurance (DAK) warns of the health consequences of dehydration. Last year there were numerous inpatient treatments in the hospital in June and August, as patients suffered from acute dehydration.
Dehydration should not be taken lightly. If the body is not supplied with sufficient fluid, there is a risk of internal dehydration, which can be life-threatening. Older people are particularly at risk because many simply forget to drink enough. The general practitioner warns Dr. Waltraud Pastor: "Many forget to drink regularly and can easily become dehydrated". The consequences can be severe, from headaches, restlessness, exhaustion, confusion to cardiovascular problems, loss of consciousness, organ failure and, in the worst case, death.
Sufficient fluid should be consumed, especially in the hot days. The best thing for this is water, but it shouldn't be too chilled. The doctor recommends that elderly people draw up a drinking plan. Because now it is important to drink 2 to 3 liters a day. "Drink a glass of water, tea or diluted fruit juice every hour, according to Dr. Pfarrer's advice. It is also advisable to eat water-containing fruits and vegetables. These include, for example, watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and oranges. This can add more valuable liquid to be taken. (sb)
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