By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2017 11 Comments
    Did Hydrochlorothiazide Lead to Dangerously Low …

    Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HCT) is a diuretic (water pill) that is widely prescribed to lower blood pressure. Roughly 50 million prescriptions were written for this "thiazide" diuretic last year. That…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2016 2 Comments
    What Happens If You Drink Too Much Water?

    Many people believe that drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is essential for good health. But do you really need that much? What happens if you drink too much water? Can You Drink Too Much …

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Stay Hydrated in Hot Weather

    Hot weather means perspiration, because that is how the body cools itself. Evaporation of sweat from the skin results in heat loss-a good thing when the thermometer is over 90. But do you need advice …

    By: Terry Graedon January 18, 2016 3 Comments
    What Is the Downside of a Low-Sodium Diet?

    When it comes to a healthful diet, we are constantly exhorted to eat less overall, avoid¬†sugary beverages, shun fat (especially sat fat) and stick to a low-sodium diet. ¬†Perhaps the simplest way to …

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2015 2 Comments
    Dehydration Can Be Deadly If Not Corrected Promp…

    Dehydration is a serious health problem that can become much worse at this time of year. That's because hot humid weather and intense exertion can team up to deplete our bodies of both fluids and mine…

    By: Joe Graedon April 6, 2015 9 Comments
    Could Cutting Salt Harm Your Health?

    Many physicians take the position that you can't have too low a golf score or sodium intake. They assume that most people use the salt shaker too liberally or eat too much prepared food high in sodium…

    By: Terry Graedon September 11, 2014 9 Comments
    The Danger of Drinking Too Much Water

    Elite athletes are well aware of the dangers of dehydration. That's why they drink a lot of water and other fluids when exercising intensely for long periods of time. They are rarely warned about the …

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2014 5 Comments
    Dropping Salt Intake Too Low Caused Patient Prob…

    Q. I cut my salt intake many years ago, just for good health. Now I have low sodium in my blood and suffer from low blood pressure and fainting spells. When I needed surgery, the surgeon was concerned…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2014 22 Comments
    Should You Force Yourself to Drink Ten Glasses o…

    Who would ever imagine that water could be controversial? Yet discussions of how much water you should drink every day-or even what type of water is best-can get quite contentious. Becoming dehydrated…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2012 13 Comments
    Dangers of Too Much Water and Too Little Salt

    Q. I was rushed to the emergency department a few weeks ago because of low sodium. I have always been careful to eat a healthy diet low in salt. I've also made it a habit to drink a lot of water to st…

    By: Terry Graedon September 7, 2011 1 Comments
    Long-Distance Runners Who Drink Too Much Water

    Long-distance runners often worry about dehydration. But a survey of marathon runners suggests that some should be concerned instead about drinking too much fluid. Drinking water on a schedule instead…

    By: Joe Graedon May 2, 2005 0 Comments
    Overdosing On Water Can Be Dangerous

    Q. I drink at least eight large glasses of water every day to maintain good health. When I play soccer or tennis I force myself to drink a lot more. I recently heard that you can drink too much water.…