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By Allianz Worldwide Care | June 13, 2017
Dehydration occurs when your body doesn't have enough fluids to carry out its normal functions. It is especially dangerous for young children and older adults, but anyone can become dehydrated if they don’t consume enough water.
Risk factors for dehydration
Sometimes dehydration occurs for simple reasons: You don't drink enough because you're sick or busy, or because you lack access to safe drinking water when you're traveling, hiking or camping.
Everyone’s water needs are different, and some people will be more at risk of dehydration than others, particularly those who:
Mild to moderate dehydration can usually be reversed by drinking more fluids, but severe dehydration requires immediate medical treatment.
Symptoms of dehydration
Thirst isn't always a reliable early indicator of the body's need for water. Indeed many people, particularly older adults, don't feel thirsty until they're already dehydrated.
It is very important that people recognise the signs of dehydration:
Tips to help stay hydrated
There are many benefits to drinking enough water. To ensure you consume enough to meet your daily requirements to stay hydrated, try some of the following:
If you are at risk of dehydration, don’t wait until you notice symptoms before you take remedial action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.
If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, speak with your doctor or a registered dietitian, who will help you determine the amount of water that's right for you.
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