Research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress ESC 2021 suggests that good hydration can prevent or slow changes within the heart that lead to heart failure, according to Dr. Natalia Dmitrieva, of the National Heart Institute, the Lungs and Blood (US National Institutes of Health).
Research supports that the correct amounts of daily intake range between 1.6 and 2.1 liters for women and children and between 2 and 3 liters for men.
The analysis was performed with 15,792 adults from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Participants were between the ages of 44 and 66 at the time of recruitment and were assessed at five visits until age 70 to 90 years.
On the first and second visits, participants were divided into four groups, based on their sodium concentration levels. The groups were divided into: Group 1 (135-139.5mmol/l), Group 2 (140-141.5mmol/l), Group 3 (142-143.5mmol/l), and Group 4 (144-146 mmol/l). For each sodium group, the researchers next looked at the proportion of people who developed heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy at the fifth visit (25 years later).
The study associates that a higher concentration of serum sodium in middle age is a determinant of heart failure such as left ventricular hypertrophy, demonstrated in several patients 25 years after the first analysis.
Each 1 mmol/l increase in serum sodium concentration in midlife was associated with a 1.20 and 1.11 increase in the odds of developing the condition.
Other factors that can increase the chances of developing heart failure include age, blood pressure, kidney function, blood cholesterol and glucose, body mass index, gender, and whether or not the person is a smoker.
As Dr. Dmitrieva emphasizes, the importance of proper hydration and good quality water can help prevent ailments and improve our well-being.
It is naïve to believe that these amounts are a standard that everyone meets, but various studies have shown that a large part of the population does not even reach the minimum recommended amounts of water intake.
Alkanatur also contributes to the investigation of this type of ailment. In collaboration with the CSIC (Higher Council for Scientific Research) and the UAM (Autonomous University of Madrid), the team of Dr. María Monsalve carries out a preclinical study on the Evaluation of the potential beneficial effects of Alkanatur ionized alkaline water in hypertension. The results of this study suggest that ionized water improves vascular response and a significant reduction in inflammation this was observed in a model of hypertension associated with chronic inflammation.
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