Women: Drink More Water to Lower Your UTI Risk
In women who are prone to developing urinary tract infections (UTIs), drinking plenty of water may help, according to a study being presented at the Infectious Disease Society of America’s IDWeek 2017. Results of the study suggest an additional 48 ounces of water every day can help prevent UTIs in these women. This research confirms a widely-held assumption about the benefits of drinking more water for UTI prevention.
Women are more likely than men to develop urinary tract infections, in part because their urethra – the tube that carries urine from the body – is shorter, making it easier for bacteria to travel to the bladder from outside the body. According to researchers, increased fluid intake boosts the rate at which bacteria is flushed from the bladder and also reduces the concentration of bacteria in the bladder, lowering the risk for infection.
The study involved 140 healthy adult women who had at least three UTIs in the past year and reported a low daily intake of fluids. Half of the study participants continued their regular fluid intake and the others increased their daily fluid intake by 48 ounces. In one year, the women who raised their fluid intake had an average of 1.6 UTIs, while those in the control group had an average of 3.1 urinary infections.