Magazine article Work & Family Life

Advice to Drink 8 Glasses a Day Still Holds Water

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Advice to Drink 8 Glasses a Day Still Holds Water

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Not long ago, the British medical journal "BMJ" called the old notion that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day "thoroughly debunked nonsense." But new research may suggest otherwise.

Two studies reported in 2011 found a lower risk of long-term kidney problems among people who drink more water and other fluids daily.

The journal "Nephrology" published the findings of a University of Sydney study of 2,400 people over the age of 50. Those who drank the most fluids (about three liters daily) had a "significantly lower risk" of chronic kidney disease than those who drank the least.

"The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology" reported another study, by Canadian researchers who closely followed the kidney functioning of 2,148 healthy men and women, average age 46, for seven years. …

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