Drink Away, Your Bladder Will Be Okay

Fluids do not increase women's risk of overactive bladder

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) The common belief is that drinking less liquids will help you avoid bladder control problems.

However, findings from a new study show that the amount of fluids you drink has no effect on the risk of developing overactive bladder.

In a recent study, researchers found that there was no relationship between the amount a woman drank and her risk of urinary incontinence, or the loss of bladder control.

"Drinking less won't prevent overactive bladder."

For their study, Francine Grodstein, Sc.D., from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and colleagues analyzed the daily fluid intake of more than 65,000 women between 37 and 79 years of age.

At the beginning of the study, none of the women suffered from an overactive bladder.

The women reported similar rates of overactive bladder, no matter how much they drank.

The study's authors write that these findings suggest that women should not limit the amount of fluids they drink because it won't help them avoid incontinence.

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Review Date: 
April 8, 2011
Last Updated:
April 11, 2011