DRINK MORE WATER TO REDUCE RISK OF URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS: RESEARCH

Oct 03, 2018

By Jane Brown

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It can be occasional annoyance for women of a certain age.

But for women trying to avoid urinary tract infections, new research backing off on antibiotics and drinking more water.

More than 50 per cent of women will have at least one urinary tract infection over the course of their lives and, of these about half will have a second within the next year.

Infectious disease doctors and primary care physicians have sometimes recommended that women drink more water to prevent UTIs, based on a belief that diluting and flushing out any possible bacteria in the urine may be beneficial.

However, there has been no scientific evidence to support this practice, until now.

In a randomized clinical trial of 140 women with recurrent UTIs, researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine found that women who drank a litre and a half of water in addition to their normal intake every day had an average of 1.7 UTIs over the course of the year.

That was substantially fewer than women who did not drink additional water, who on average had 3.2 episodes.

You can read about the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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