Ann Nutr Metab 2018;72(suppl 2):1–2
The Hydration for Health Scientific Conference remains unique as the world’s only annual gathering that focuses solely on the health benefits of water consumption and creates dialogues among clinicians, scientists, physiologists, dieticians, and global healthcare organizations. The July 4–5, 2017 program included speakers from Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Their presentations considered (a) the positive influences of water consumption on kidney diseases and urinary tract infection (UTI), (b) human neuroendocrine regulation of water and electrolytes, and (c) low daily water consumption as an epidemiologic risk factor for chronic diseases. Three speakers focused on the essential roles of vasopressin (i.e., the antidiuretic hormone) and its surrogate (copeptin) in the sensation of thirst and as a biomarker of renal diseases.