Hate UTIs? One Easy Step Can Reduce the Threat

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By Karen Pallarito

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay Information) — Ingesting loads of water every day might have an surprising profit — staving off urinary tract infections, a brand new examine stories.

Younger ladies suffering from UTIs who drank an extra 6 cups of water every day had been almost half — 48 p.c — as doubtless as a management group to have one other an infection, the examine confirmed.

The water group additionally diminished their use of antibiotics by roughly half — or 47 p.c.

What’s extra, the period of time that handed earlier than a girl’s subsequent UTI and between recurrent infections was longer within the water group than within the management group.

Ladies are extra susceptible to UTIs than males, partly because of their anatomy. A shorter urethra makes it simpler for micro organism from rectum to enter the vagina and journey to the bladder.

Examine creator Dr. Thomas Hooton stated it is thought that rising fluid consumption decreases UTI threat in two methods: by stopping micro organism from adhering to the bladder and by lowering the general focus of micro organism that would trigger an an infection.

“Flushing micro organism out of the bladder, it has been recognized, a minimum of it has been thought, that it’s protecting. This examine means that it’s,” stated Hooton, scientific director of the division of infectious illnesses on the College of Miami College of Drugs.

Dr. Hunter Wessells, who wasn’t concerned within the examine, known as the extra fluid consumption “substantial,” resulting in a corresponding enhance in urine output.

“It’s the urine output which is after all the important thing issue resulting in the impact seen within the examine,” stated Wessells, chair of the division of urology on the College of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Susan Bleasdale, medical director of an infection management on the College of Illinois at Chicago, stated the examine “could also be a recreation changer” for antibiotic “stewardship” applications aimed toward lowering inappropriate antibiotic use.

She cited a 2010 evaluation estimating that 11 million to 12 million ladies a yr will undergo from a UTI, accounting for 1.6 billion antibiotic prescriptions a yr.

“We’d not even want to make use of antibiotics,” she stated.


The examine, carried out in Bulgaria, concerned 140 wholesome premenopausal ladies who had a minimum of three UTIs previously yr. All reported low every day fluid consumption. They drank roughly 4 cups of fluid per day, together with simply 2 cups of water a day.

Half of the ladies within the examine had been requested to eat 1.5 liters of water, or about 6 cups, every day along with their ordinary every day fluid consumption. Particularly, they had been requested to start ingesting a 1/2-liter water bottle at every meal and end every bottle earlier than the following meal.

The remaining ladies served as a management group. They continued their ordinary fluid consumption.

The ladies had been adopted for a yr, with clinic visits originally of the examine in addition to 6 and 12 months later. Researchers measured their water and fluid consumption; urine quantity, frequency and focus; and signs. Additionally they known as the ladies every month to evaluate compliance and counsel them to return to the clinic for analysis and attainable remedy in the event that they had been experiencing UTI signs.

General, the water group elevated every day water consumption by shut to five cups a day. Their whole every day fluid consumption, together with water and different drinks, averaged almost 12 cups.

In contrast, the management group’s whole every day fluid consumption was lower than half of that.

Hooton famous that it is not clear precisely how a lot fluid consumption should enhance to ship a profit.

“There isn’t any magic in a liter-and-a-half,” he stated.

Likewise, he believes any enhance in fluid — not simply water — could also be useful since fluids are largely water. And whereas the examine concerned youthful ladies, he stated older ladies who expertise recurrent UTIs might profit from rising their every day fluid consumption as nicely.

Whether or not the recommendation would profit ladies with regular urine output, nonetheless, is unclear, Wessells famous.

“As well as, the trouble related to the upper urine output, and feasibility of implementing this water consumption technique throughout a variety of occupations and ages, requires additional examine as nicely,” he stated.

Researchers offered the findings Saturday at IDWeek 2017, the annual assembly of the Infectious Ailments Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Drugs Affiliation and the Pediatric Infectious Ailments Society.


Analysis offered at conferences is usually thought-about preliminary till printed in a peer-reviewed publication.

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