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Drinking Too Much Water Can Prove Fatal
So many health professionals stick to the health rule of consuming 8 – 10 glasses of water daily.
Healthcare professionals reveals there is such a thing as drinking excess water and the complications are deadly.
They have warned of the dangers of telling people to “drink plenty of fluids” after a woman was admitted to hospital with water intoxication.
The 59-year-old woman increased her water intake, after she developed symptoms of a urinary tract infection, she drank more than half a pint every 30 minutes, which she hoped would “flush out her system.”
However, she fell seriously sick and was admitted to King’s College hospital with dangerously low levels of salt in her blood, a potentially fatal condition if left untreated.
In the British Medical Journal case report, doctors Laura Christine Lee and Maryann Noronha asked: “We frequently advise our patients to ‘drink plenty of fluids’ and ‘keep well hydrated’ when they are unwell. But, what do we mean by that? Are there potential risks of this apparently harmless advice?”
The report describes how their patient’s condition continued to worsen after she was admitted to hospital.
“During her visit to the emergency department, she became progressively shaky and muddled. She vomited several times, was tremulous and exhibited significant speech difficulties,” they wrote.
“Throughout the day she had consumed several liters of water based on medical advice she recalled from previous similar episodes.”
Water intoxication can be deadly.
Its symptoms includes vomiting, headaches and nausea and in serious cases, confusion, seizures, coma, and death.
However, if you are drinking water according to what your body tells you, rather than going overboard because you read online that 8 – 10 glasses of water or nothing else, you are at a lower chance of water intoxication.