Influence of age on thirst and fluid intake.

  title={Influence of age on thirst and fluid intake.},
  author={W. Larry Kenney and Peter P. K. Chiu},
  journal={Medicine and science in sports and exercise},
  volume={33 9},
Independently living older adults (over the age of 65 yr) consume adequate volumes of fluids on a daily basis. However, when challenged by fluid deprivation, a hyperosmotic stimulus, or exercise in a warm environment (all of which combine hypovolemia and hyperosmolality), older adults exhibit decreased thirst sensation and reduced fluid intake. Full fluid restoration eventually occurs, but full restoration of fluid balance is slowed. The aging process alters important physiological control… CONTINUE READING
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