Are you at risk for dehydration and acute kidney injury

Created Jul 11, 2013 10:29:16 by rstadmin

Recently we have had a rash of patients showing signs of dehydration to the area hospitals.  A majority of these patients work outside in construction or gardening and invariably lose more fluid from sweating and evaporation than they drink.

Please remember to drink at least 4-6 glasses of water a day and more if you engage in activities that are associated with lots of sweating.  If you develop muscle cramps or weakness, it may be due to dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities.  As a consequence of fluid and electrolyte loss from sweating, vomiting or diarrhea, you should check with your physician. Exercising on hot days can increase the risk of muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) and this can lead to kidney failure.

As temperatures this summer can average in the high 80′s, stay cool, pace yourself and remember, stay hydrated!!!

Akinfemi Afolabi, MD FACP

Attending Nephrologist

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