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Why some People are at risk of losing excessive water from their bodies.

 It's actually normal to lose some amount of water from your body every day through sweat, breath, urine, and feces, and through tears and saliva.

Fortunately, you replace the lost fluid by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. If you lose too much water or don’t drink or eat more foods containing enough water, you can get dehydrated.

Dehydration occurs when your body doesn't have as much water as it requires for carrying out bodily functions. Without sufficient water, your body can't function properly. 

You can have mild, moderate, or severe dehydration depending on how much fluid is lost from your body through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, and peeing a lot due to diabetes and some medications.

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Those who are prone to dehydration:

Babies and children

Babies and children less than 5 years are the most likely to have severe diarrhea and vomiting, and when this happens, they tend to lose water. When they have a high fever, they do so as well. Sometimes, infants and toddlers may not know how to express thirst or drink enough. 

The obvious symptoms for babies and young children include; dry mouth and tongue, no tears when crying, dry diapers for 3 hours, sunken and weak eyes, soft spot on the top of the skull, sleepiness, and lack of energy.

Sick persons

Those who are ill with a common cold, sore throat, or even malaria may not want to eat or drink anything, leaving them dehydrated.

Living with chronic disease

People with a chronic disease such as diabetes mellitus can pee a lot if the disease is not managed. They also may take medicines such as diuretics, which make them go more often to urinate.

Outdoor laborers

Those who work outside in hot and humid weather sometimes can’t cool down effectively because their sweat doesn’t evaporate. This can result in a higher body temperature, excessive sweating, and may have a need for more water.

Make sure you drink water regularly to avoid running the risk of dehydration.

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