Why Drinking Too Much May Kill You

Sara

For the longest time, athletes and other exercise enthusiasts have been encourage to take in enough water to compensate for the water loss as sweat. Nobody would have ever expected that there can a problem with taking too much water.

Hyponatremia has gained media attention in the last few years, but it is important for athletes to realize that dehydration is much more common and 'overhydration' is a risk mostly associated with ultra-endurance sports and not sports events lasting less than 2 hours such as hockey, basketball and soccer, or shorter hikes/runs. Hyponatremia, a low concentration of sodium in the blood, has become more prevalent in athletes as more people are participating in endurance sports lasting more than 3 hours such as marathons.

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