Ask the Expert: Dehydration and UTIs

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It’s a Sensitive Subject Most of Us Don’t Want to Mention

They might be more common in women, but men get them as well.  We’re talking about urinary tract infections or UTIs.

If you notice that you’re going to the bathroom more often, you just can’t wait to get to the toilet and it burns or tingles when you go, those are strong indications you might have a UTI.

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It’s always good to check with your doctor if you experience these symptoms. So we consulted our expert. 

Dehydration and UTIs - What’s the Connection?

Dr. Joshua Thurman says staying hydrated can help prevent UTIs: “ UTIs are generally caused by bacteria that reach the bladder and can multiply there. A good flow of urine helps to eliminate bacteria from the bladder and urethra. Of course it is better to keep bacteria from becoming established than to have to treat them with antibiotics after infections start.”

Water is the key to UTI prevention and helps with the cure. It helps dilute urine so the more you drink, the faster you’ll flush out the bacteria.  Make sure you’re drinking all the water you need to stay healthy. You can eliminate the guesswork with the world’s smartest water bottle that keeps track of every sip. 

About our Expert

Dr. Joshua Thurman, MD is a board-certified nephrologist and Professor of Medicine specializing in renal medical diseases and hypertension at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He has been in practice for more than 22 years.  


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