Drinking More Water May Reduce Frequency of Urinary Tract Infections

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
"Glass of Water" by Iwan Gabovitch is licensed under CC BY 2.0Professor Yair Lotan MD

Chief of Urologic Oncology
Holder of the Helen J. and Robert S. Strauss Professorship in Urology
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Department of Urology
Dallas, Texas 75390-9110 

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Urinary tract infections are extremely common in women and many women experience recurrent episodes which impact their quality of life.  There are also many women who do not drink as much water as is recommended.

This study found that in healthy women with recurrent UTIs who drink less than 1.5 liters per day, the additional intake of 1.5 liters of water daily reduced the risk of recurrent infections by nearly 50%.  

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Recurrent UTIs are common in women and drinking more water may be a simple way to reduce these infections.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: One risk of recurrent UTIs is antibiotic resistance and it would be good to study if prevention of recurrent infections can reduce the likelihood of antibiotic resistance from developing.

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: There is ongoing work from this trial evaluating impact on quality of life and cost-effectiveness of this approach to prevention.

Citation: Hooton TM, Vecchio M, Iroz A, et al. Effect of Increased Daily Water Intake in Premenopausal Women With Recurrent Urinary Tract InfectionsA Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. Published online October 01, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.4204 

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