Coastal Orthopedics' Dr. James Glazer Discusses Overhydration Among AthletesWritten by Jaimie Oh | June 24, 2011
James Glazer, MD, an orthopedic and sports medicine physician practicing at Coastal Orthopedics in Brunswick, Maine, cautioned that overhydration poses serious risks to runners.
In an editorial published in The Portland Press Herald, Dr. Glazer said despite all the warnings and campaigns to prevent dehydration, more athletes have died from a condition called hyponatremia, which causes salt in the body to become too diluted due to overhydration, leading to confusion, coma, seizures and death.
Dr. Glazer points to studies showing that runner oftentimes replenish the nutrients and fluids they lost after their race. He suggests runners drink every 2-4 miles during longer endurance races.
Read the news report about overhydration.
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