Journal article

Differential effects of aging on fluid intake in response to hypovolemia, hypertonicity, and hormonal stimuli in Munich Wistar rats

MJ McKinley, DA Denton, CJ Thomas, RL Woods, ML Mathai

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | NATL ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 2006

Abstract

A significant proportion of aged humans may have impaired thirst and inadequate fluid intake after a period of fluid deprivation. We have studied the water drinking responses, relative to body weight, of Munich Wistar (MW) rats in response to osmotic, hypovolemic, dehydrational, and angiotensin (Ang)-related stimuli as they aged from 3 to 24 months. Young 3-months-old (m.o.) rats had the largest daily fluid intakes and drinking responses to hypertonic and dehydrational stimuli, suggesting that they have accentuated thirst in comparison with older age groups. There were no differences in daily fluid intake from 6-24 m.o.; however, drinking responses to i.p. injection of hypertonic 0.4 mol/lit..

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