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The Hidden Dangers: Overhydration and Kidney Health in Disabled Individuals

At Bharosa Community Services, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive support to individuals with complex care needs, including those with kidney issues. While staying hydrated is often emphasised as a crucial aspect of maintaining good health, there’s a lesser-known side to this narrative that deserves attention – the potential dangers of overhydration, particularly for those with kidney concerns.

Understanding Overhydration:

Overhydration, also known as water intoxication or hyponatremia, occurs when the body retains too much water, diluting the concentration of sodium in the blood. This imbalance can have serious repercussions on overall health, especially for individuals with compromised kidney function.

The Role of Kidneys:

For individuals with kidney issues, such as those undergoing dialysis or managing chronic kidney disease, the kidneys may not be able to effectively regulate fluid balance in the body. This can increase the risk of overhydration, as the kidneys struggle to excrete excess water, leading to fluid buildup and potential complications.

Side Effects of Overhydration:

  • Electrolyte Imbalance: Overhydration can disrupt the delicate balance of electrolytes in the body, particularly sodium. Low sodium levels, known as hyponatremia, can cause symptoms ranging from nausea and headaches to confusion and seizures.

  • Swelling and Edema: Excess fluid retention can manifest as swelling, particularly in the ankles, feet, and hands. This swelling, known as edema, can be uncomfortable and may exacerbate existing mobility challenges for disabled individuals.

  • Cardiovascular Strain: Overhydration can place strain on the heart and cardiovascular system, potentially leading to high blood pressure and heart failure, especially in individuals with pre-existing heart conditions.

  • Impaired Kidney Function: For those with kidney issues, overhydration can further impair kidney function, exacerbating symptoms and potentially leading to complications such as fluid overload and electrolyte imbalances.

Our Commitment to Care:

At Bharosa Community Services, we understand the unique challenges faced by individuals with kidney issues and other complex care needs. Our team of dedicated professionals, including clinical nurses and allied health specialists, is here to provide personalised support and guidance every step of the way.

Enrolling with Bharosa:

If you or a loved one are living with kidney issues or other complex care needs, we invite you to explore our range of NDIS services tailored to support your individual requirements. From clinical nursing services to specialised care plans, we’re committed to empowering you to live your best life with confidence and dignity.

Final Thoughts:

While staying hydrated is important for overall health, it’s essential to strike a balance and be mindful of the risks associated with overhydration, particularly for individuals with kidney concerns. At Bharosa Community Services, we’re dedicated to raising awareness and providing compassionate support to help you navigate your health journey with confidence and peace of mind.


Contact Bharosa Community Services today to learn more about our NDIS services and how we can support your unique care needs. Together, we’ll Prioritise your health and well-being every step of the way.

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