Kidney Disease: Beware of Dehydration in Air-Conditioned Room

Dehydration or lack of fluids in the body can go unnoticed due to being too long in the air-conditioned room. If not immediately treated, the condition can increase the risk of kidney disease. Because of that, water consumption should fit the daily needs. "The research by Indonesian Hydration Work Group (IHWG) showed that 30% of Indonesian people suffered mild dehydration. That's because being too long in the air-conditioned space and drink liquids other than water," said Chairman of IHWG Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia (FKUI) Budi Wiweko in a discussion with the title of "Kidney Disease and Obesity" in Jakarta, Thursday (2/3).

He explained, in a room with a cold temperature, thirst is imperceptibly. However, the body signals about the lack of fluids through the skin and dry lips. The fluid fulfillment can only be done by drinking water, not tea, coffee, moreover sugar contained drinks.

"Oxygenated water, alkaline water, or water that contain a variety of health substance such as often shown in the ad has not been clinically proven to be effective," said Budi who is also the Manager of Research and Community Service FKUI.

Portions of water required required are eight glasses a day for adults or six glasses a day for the elderly and children. If you engage in activities that makes you sweating, like excercise or physical work, the water consumption could be added 2-3 glasses.

"Having too much water is also not good for the body. If the kidney work properly, the fluid will be excreted through the urine. However, if the kidney have problems, the excess water can be even dangerous for the body because it can not be processed," he said.

Avoid Obesity
Dean of FKUI Ratna Sitompul explained about the importance of maintaining nutrition quality. Consuming too much sugar, fat, and carbohydrates could increase the risk of obesity which results in renal impairment.

The risk of having obesity increases if a person rarely do physical activities or excercise. "The only way beside drinking water according to age proportion is to diligently move to burn calories," said Ratna.

National Health Research in 2016 showed that 20.7 percent of Indonesian people are obese. That figure is going up compared to the data in 2013 which about 15.4 percent.

Source: KOMPAS, Friday, March 3, 2017 | Page 13

Date Release: 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:15