If your New Year's resolution is to live longer, listen up. If not, listen up anyway so you can sound smart at bingo this weekend.
A new research study found that staying hydrated likely helps you live longer!
The study looked at 11,255 adults over 30 years and observed links between serum sodium levels (a proxy for hydration) and 15 health markers, including blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.
Results were clear - adults with higher serum sodium (i.e., those less hydrated) had a 10 to 15 percent greater chance of being biologically older than their chronological age. Plus, participants that aged more quickly had a 64 percent higher risk for developing chronic diseases like stroke, heart failure, lung disease, dementia, and diabetes.
“The results suggest that proper hydration may slow down aging and prolong a disease-free life,” said Natalia Dmitrieva, study author and researcher at the NIH’s Laboratory of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine.
So how much water does it take to live to 100?!
The scientific community hasn't achieved consensus here, but most experts recommend women consume 6 to 9 cups of fluids per day and men drink 8 to 12 cups.