Increasing water consumption to ward off bladder infections

Increasing water consumption to ward off bladder infections


– [Male] They’re painful. They are inconvenient for women. They can happen out of the blue. – [Female] Listen up, ladies. If you’re among the
50% of women who suffer from bladder infections,
it’s time to drink up. Nope, not cranberry juice. Water. – This study basically took
women who had to have had at least three infections in the last year and gave half the women
one and a half liters more of fluid, which was
three 500 cc bottles, to drink one with each meal. And the other women were just told to do what they normally do. And the interesting thing in the study is we found that women in
the water group had a nearly 50% reduction in the number
of urinary tract infections they had. – [Female] A drop from roughly
three infections a year to one. UT Southwestern Medical
Center’s Dr. Yair Lotan, who was the study’s senior author and is a Professor of Urology,
says drinking more water is an easy intervention. It also has economic benefits. Dr. Lotan says bladder
infections cost the U.S. roughly two billion dollars annually, when you combine the price of medication, doctor and hospital visits
and the loss of productivity by women taking leave from work. So, grab an extra glass of
water, or better yet, two. It’s just what the doctor ordered. (light music)

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