CDC Advice: Most Folks Need to Drink More Water
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
BOSTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has followed up on a study done about a decade ago that looks at whether Americans are drinking enough water.
In its updated report, just released, 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 about a third of their daily intake of water from tap or bottled water. For men, it's about 30 percent.
There's more on the web at cdc.gov.
get more stories like this via email
A bill in Congress with a Connecticut House sponsor aims to reduce child labor in the United States. Called the "Children Harmed in Life-Threatening …
As the opioid crisis continues, more New Hampshire grandparents are seeking financial help to raise their grandchildren. Already struggling with the …
As of Jan. 1, insulin will become a lot more affordable for many Nebraskans, and those who have come to rely on telehealth visits are more likely to …
Some state and local lawmakers are on a long list calling on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to require big oil companies to help offset the costs of …
Utilities and government agencies in the U.S. are carrying out plans to transition to cleaner electricity sources. To avoid being left behind…
Conservation groups are celebrating a long-fought battle to protect the dwindling population of wolverine in the Northwest and northern Rockies…
As world leaders gather in Dubai for the international conference on climate change, the City of Long Beach is acting on multiple fronts to help the …
A new report is calling for greater accountability in the system providing funding to farmers in underserved communities. The research takes a dive …