Dallas, TX. August, 2014
Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in. We lose a significant amount of water when we breathe, sweat, urinate or have a bowel movement. In a normal day, a person has to drink a significant amount of water just to replace the minimum loss. The majority of the body is made up of water,
Not drinking enough water is another potential cause of dehydration. Whether it is the lack of availability of water or the inability to drink adequate amounts, this coupled with routine or excessive amounts of water loss can compound the degree of dehydration. In people with diabetes, elevated blood sugars can cause sugar to spill into the urine, and water then follows, which can cause significant dehydration.
To prevent dehydration from affecting the body after weight loss surgery, Dallas residents need to make sure they drink plenty of water at regular intervals during the day. Following bariatric surgery, surgeons educate their patients about the body’s initial responses to dehydration, such as thirst to increase water intake along with decreased urine output to try to conserve water. The urine will become dark yellow and concentrated. As the level of water loss increases, more symptoms can become apparent, such as increased thirst, dry mouth, cessation of sweating or tear production by the eyes, resulting in muscle cramps and nausea.
When recovering from intensely invasive procedures associated with a procedure like
Dehydration Prevention Tips
As the temperature rises in the Dallas heat, so should your water consumption. According to the USDA, People need from under one liter a day to nearly four liters a day depending on their age, sex and health status. One liter equals 4.23 cups.
Stay hydrated Dallas residents, especially if you’ve had weight loss surgery!