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CDC: All, Especially Seniors, Should Drink More Water

A new study finds that older Americans, especially men, and certain ethnic groups need to drink more water to stay healthy. (Greg Stotelmyer)
A new study finds that older Americans, especially men, and certain ethnic groups need to drink more water to stay healthy. (Greg Stotelmyer)
May 4, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Centers for Disease Control has followed up on a study that was done about a decade ago that looks at whether Americans are drinking enough water. In its updated report, CDC researchers say women are better at drinking water than men, and older Americans need to try harder to stay hydrated.

It's recommended that men get 125 ounces of water a day, and women 91 ounces - and that includes not just drinking water, but water from all food sources.

Asher Rosinger, an epidemic intelligence service officer at the National Center for Health Statistics, said the results mirror those in the earlier study. Senior citizens in particular, he said, aren't drinking enough.

"Adults 60 and over are the most vulnerable population, among adults, to dehydration," he said. "By doing this report, we were able to kind of quantify how much they're drinking on a given day, and whether they might be falling short of the amount of water they're consuming."

The study also looked at hydration based on race and ethnicity. It said Hispanics and African-Americans also are drinking less water than they should, especially the men in those groups. Rosinger said they looked at water consumption from all food sources.

"Water moving through the gut is water moving through the gut," he said. "So, if you're getting a quarter of a liter of water from an apple, it's still a hydrating source. So, you can get a couple of liters of water from plain water, and get another liter of water from food."

The study found that women get about a third of their daily intake of water from tap or bottled water. For men, it's about 30 percent.

The report is online at cdc.gov.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY