Category Archives: Hyponatremia

Drinking too much water can be poisonous.

Artunc F, Schnauder G, Gallwitz B, Amend B. [Can water be poisonous?]. Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift. 2015 Nov;140(23):1761. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-105886. [Article in German]

HISTORY AND ADMISSION FINDINGS: Two female patients aged over 80 years developed central nervous symptoms after drinking large amounts of water (more than 3 l per day).

INVESTIGATIONS: Both had a hypoosmolar hyponatremia that was induced by concomitant treatment with hydrochlorothiazid (HCT) in the one case and in the other case relied on a distal tubular damage due to reflux nephropathy.

DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND COURSE: Hyponatremia was corrected after withdrawal of HCT and fluid restriction and central nervous symptoms disappeared rapidly.

CONCLUSIONS: Distal tubular urinary dilution can be disturbed by HCT and parenchymal renal disease and can result in symptomatic hyponatremia after drinking large amounts of water.

“Water poisoning” cause of death for canoist

A Texas Water Safari paddler died Monday of too much water inside his body. A condition known as “Hyponatremia”, the electolytes in the body become too imbalanced to sustain life due to consumption of too much drinking water. Click here….

Hyponatremia: drinking too much water can kill you

Too much water consumed quickly can cause hyponatremia….fatalities from this condition are reported at least a few times every year. Click here for examples from California (land of the friuts and nuts) of what can happen…..

Is there truth suppression regarding hyponatraemia?

Is guess there are conspiracy theories in every field….

Shephard, R.J. Suppression of information on the prevalence and prevention of exercise-associated hyponatraemia. Br J Sports Med. 2011 Sep 7. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2011-090194

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Abstract: It has been suggested recently that financial links between manufacturers of sports drinks and professional Sports Science organisations in North America have suppressed information on the existence and ways of preventing an epidemic of exercise-associated hyponatraemia (EAH). This article reviews evidence for the prevalence of both biochemical and clinical hyponatraemia. It concludes that a limited number of cases of EAH occur after ultra-long distance events, particularly when performed under cold and wet conditions, and that some eight deaths have been associated with EAH since 1985. However, this information has been widely reported, both in North America and in other parts of the world. Claims of an ‘epidemic’ seem unwarranted, and there is no solid evidence supporting the claim that information has been suppressed because of ties between sports scientists and sports drink manufacturers.


Hyponatremia: Drinking too much water can kill you

Drinking too much water within a short period of time can cause death. Click here for another (sad) example.Of course, any drugs can’t be helpful either.

Hyponatremia…..Too Much Water can be Fatal

Hyponatremia is a very serious condition that can occur from drinking too much water after a long period of physical activity.
Phys Sportsmed. 2010 Apr;38(1):101-6.

Exercise-associated hyponatremia during winter sports.

Stuempfle KJ. Department of Health Sciences, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA.


Exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH) is hyponatremia that occurs <or= 24 hours after prolonged physical activity. It is a potentially serious complication of marathons, triathlons, and ultradistance events, and can occur in hot and cold environments. Clear evidence indicates that EAH is a dilutional hyponatremia caused by excessive fluid consumption and the inappropriate release of arginine vasopressin. Cerebral and pulmonary edema can cause serious signs and symptoms, including altered mental status, respiratory distress, seizures, coma, and death. Rapid diagnosis and urgent treatment with hypertonic saline is necessary to prevent severe complications or death. Prevention is based on educating athletes to avoid excessive drinking before, during, and after exercise.

Abstract source: National Library of Medicine