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Americans Need to Step Up Their Water Intake

A new study finds older Americans, especially men, and certain ethnic groups need to drink more water to stay healthy. (Veronica Carter)
A new study finds older Americans, especially men, and certain ethnic groups need to drink more water to stay healthy. (Veronica Carter)
April 26, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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, released today, CDC researchers say women are better at drinking water than men, and older Americans need to try harder to stay hydrated.

It's recommended 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, epidemic intelligence service officer for the National Center for Health Statistics, says the results mirror those in the earlier study. Senior citizens in particular aren't drinking enough.

"Adults 60 and over are the most vulnerable population, among adults, to dehydration," says Rosinger. "And 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 looks at hydration based on race and ethnicity. It says Hispanic and African Americans also are drinking less water than they should, especially the men in those groups.

Rosinger says they looked at water consumption from all food sources.

"Water moving through the gut is water moving through the gut," he says. "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 women get their about a third of their daily intake of water from tap or bottled water. For men, it's about 30 percent.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD