Drinking More Water May Cut Risk of Urinary Tract Infections in Women

Numerous studies in the past have proven the significance of staying hydrated when it comes to good health. Now science gives another reason to drink more water, saying drinking plenty of water may cut risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women.

The benefits of drinking several glasses of water per day are plenty. Drinking more water could help with weight loss, transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and boost brain function.

Infection in the urinary tract generally affects the kidneys, bladder, urethra, and ureters. And if you’re a woman, your risk of urinary tract infections (UTI) is high.

But do not dishearten. Now researchers in America have discovered that women can stay protected from urinary tract infections by drinking plenty of water.

In their study, the research team led by Dr. Thomas M. Hooton, Clinical Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Miami School of Medicine, found that drinking an additional 1.4 litres of water a day slashes the UTI risk in half.

The study explains that additional water consumption on a daily basis makes it easier for the bladder to flush more of the bacteria which enters it from the vagina. In addition, the odds of the bacteria getting transferred from the vagina get reduced, which in turn slashes risk of urinary tract infections.

For the study, researchers enrolled 140 women in a premenopausal state who had at least three UTIs in the last year. They all were with no significant health conditions and and reported lower daily fluid intake than it was recommended. Of the enrolled women, half served as the control group and were told to continue with their regular water-drinking habits, while the other half had to drink 1.5 liters more on a daily basis.

After one year, the research team found that women who had increased their water consumption had 48 percent less UTIs than those in the control group.

In other words, women who increased their water intake had on an average 1.6 UTIs, while those with low water intake were 3.1 times more affected with UTIs.

“While doctors have long assumed this is the case and often recommended that women at risk for UTIs increase their fluid intake, it’s never really undergone a prospective trial before,” Hooton added, “It’s good to know the recommendation is valid, and that drinking water is an easy and safe way to prevent an uncomfortable and annoying infection.”

The findings were presented recently at IDWeek 2017, the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.