Drinking too much water will kill you

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My title is exagering the situation but a study found that drinking too much water may damage kidneys.
Researchers say kidney damage found in more than 200 residents of Walkerton, Ont., is not the result of E. coli poisoning.

A new study suggests the serious damage has been caused by drinking too much water and that it's a problem that could be afflicting thousands of people across the country.

The condition is one of the findings of a long-term health study into the 2000 tainted-water tragedy and is "completely preventable" a lead researcher told the Canadian Press Wednesday.

The study found that five per cent of the 4,400 residents tested had high urine volumes with pathological levels of protein.

The problem is unrelated to the E. coli-contaminated water that killed seven people and sickened 2,500 others in May 2000.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051116/walkerton_health_051116/20051117?hub=TopStories [Broken]
 
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I had heard a new report about it here in North Carolina so I believe it
 
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but exactly how much is TOO MUCH?
 
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hi,

two healthy kidneys can rid themselves of about 1.5 litres of water per hour at maximum filtration.
So you'll have problems(?) with more than 1.5 litre/hour. :surprised
(1.5*24=36 l/day :biggrin: )
 
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High urine volume in the bladder is damaging, since the water from the kidney in that case can't be emtied into the bladder. The kidney will retain the water and swell, causing damage to the organ.
 
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I knew drinking too much water could kill you since I was a child in kindergarden. It's called DROWNING! :rofl: I'm just joking, but I did hear about the loss of proper electrolyte balance that comes with too much water. Marathon runner's must eat very salty snacks and prefer to drink gatorade as they are suceptible to consequences (probably not death) of drinking too much water.
 
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On this note I'm heading to 7-11 for a double big gulp.
 

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