April 22, 2010

How Long Can You Survive Without Water or Food???

Well, according to a New Scientist article, with at least a supply of vitamins and water, you can survive over a year without eating. However, with vitamins but no water, survival time is sharply reduced.

"A human can be expected to survive for weeks without food, but a thirsty person deprived of water would last a matter of days. Without water, the volume of blood in your body drops, and with it your blood pressure. Blood becomes thicker and stickier, making it harder to pump around the body, so your heart rate increases to compensate. Even in a cool environment, you wouldn't last for more than a week without water."

Vitamins are necessary along with water as vitamins allow the body to metabolize fat storage. Otherwise, accumulated adipose tissue can't be utilized for energy.

Read the full article here.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. He is also the chief medical officer of O2Labz, a medical and scientific 3D animation company.

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