Human Hydration Status Monitoring
The sports medicine literature provides a consensus on what threshold values constitute euhydration (normal body water) using a variety of hydration assessment markers (e.g., blood, urine). The investigators add to this literature by providing decision levels for multiple body fluids which can be used as starting points for diagnosing and treating dehydration. At present, plasma osmolality (Posm) provides the best potential measure for static dehydration assessment (spot measure), while dynamic dehydration assessment (serial monitoring) is best accomplished using change values for Posm, urine specific gravity, or body mass (weight). These findings should be considered useful for clinical, military, and sports medicine communities.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
|Official Title:||Human Hydration Status Monitoring: Phase I|
- Evidence of clinical dehydration [ Time Frame: 24 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Dehydration was carefully imposed in healthy human subjects. The diagnostic usefulness of multiple classic and novel dehydration assessment measures was made.
|Study Start Date:||January 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Multiple measures of hydration status were made when subjects were normally hydrated (euhydrated) and when dehydrated. The diagnostic usefulness of the measures was determined.
Subjects were dehydrated by 2 - 7% of body mass over 3-5 hours using exercise-heat stress and fluid restriction.
Other Name: Hypohydration
Well-recognized markers for static (one time) or dynamic (monitoring over time) dehydration assessment have not been rigorously tested for their usefulness in clinical, military, and sports medicine communities.
This study evaluated the components of biological variation and accuracy of potential markers in plasma, urine, saliva, and body mass, for static and dynamic dehydration assessment. Design: Eighteen healthy volunteers (13M, 5F) were studied while carefully controlling hydration and numerous pre-analytical factors. Biological variation was determined over three consecutive days using published methods. Atypical values based on statistical deviations from a homeostatic set-point were examined. Measured deviations in body fluid were produced using a separate, prospective dehydration experiment and evaluated by ROC analysis to quantify diagnostic accuracy.
All dehydration markers displayed substantial individuality and half displayed marked heterogeneity of intra-individual variation. Decision levels for all dehydration markers were within one standard deviation of the ROC criterion values and most were nearly identical to the prospective group means after dehydrating volunteers by 1.8 - 7.0% of body mass. However, only plasma osmolality (Posm) showed statistical promise for use in static dehydration assessment. A 301 ± 5 mmol/kg diagnostic decision level is proposed. Reference change values (RCV) of 9 mmol/kg (Posm), 0.010 (urine specific gravity, Usg), and 2.5% change in body mass (Bm) were also statistically valid for dynamic dehydration assessment at the 95% probability level.
Posm is the only useful marker for static dehydration assessment. Posm, Usg, and Bm are valid markers in the setting of dynamic dehydration assessment.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01124903
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Natick, Massachusetts, United States, 01760-5007|
|Principal Investigator:||Samuel N Cheuvront, PhD||United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine|