By Wendy Haaf
Drink up: staying well hydrated could help reduce your chances of developing heart failure later in life. Drinking water dilutes the amount of sodium in your blood—the less you drink, the higher your sodium levels.
Using health records gathered during a long-term US study, researchers looked at the sodium concentration in the blood of 15,792 adults who were between the ages of 44 and 66 at the time of recruitment and then determined how many were diagnosed with heart failure over the next 25 years. After adjusting for other factors such as age, the scientists found that the incidence of heart failure at age 70 to 90 increased as sodium concentration increased.
Source: European Society of Cardiology Conference 2021
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