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    Neri Schlussel
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    My father has MDS experiencing dehydration. Have you experinced this with your love oneach who has MDS, any suggestions?

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    Site Admin
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    Hi Neri, Thirst isn’t always a reliable early indicator of the body’s need for water. Many people, particularly older adults, don’t feel thirsty until they’re already dehydrated. That’s why it’s important to increase water intake during hot weather or when you’re ill.

    Dehydration can lead to serious complications such as low blood volume shock (hypovolemic shock). This is one of the most serious, and sometimes life-threatening, complications of dehydration. It occurs when low blood volume causes a drop in blood pressure and a drop in the amount of oxygen in your body.

    As you age, your body’s fluid reserve becomes smaller, your ability to conserve water is reduced and your thirst sense becomes less acute. These problems can be compounded by chronic illnesses, and by the use of certain medications. Older adults also may have mobility problems that limit their ability to obtain water for themselves.

    I hope this helps.

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