Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Women who drink more water get fewer UTIs

Women who drink extra water to avoid urinary tract infections (UTIs) may be on to something. A new experiment offers fresh evidence that drinking more water each day can make UTIs less frequent.

For the study, researchers focused on 140 women with recurrent UTIs who typically drank fewer than 1.5 liters of fluid (about six 8-ounce glasses) a day. For 12 months, researchers asked half of these women to continue their usual fluid intake and asked the other half to drink an additional 1.5 liters of water daily.

Over the year, women who drank more water had an average of 1.7 UTIs, compared with 3.2 on average for women who didn't add extra water to their diets, the experiment found.

"The data strongly suggest that hydration status is associated with UTI risk," said lead study author Dr. Thomas M. Hooton, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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