Fluid intake and voiding; habits and health knowledge in a young, healthy population
Rebekah N Das, Karen A Grimmer-Somers
School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, City East Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
Objectives: Health professionals commonly advise patients with incontinence and other lower urinary tract symptoms about modifiable contributing factors such as drinking and voiding habits. Poor drinking and voiding habits may begin early in life, before symptoms emerge. However, little is known about the habits and knowledge young people have regarding healthy drinking and voiding behaviors. This research aimed to assess the habits and health knowledge of young people regarding fluid intake and voiding.
Methods: A questionnaire was used to assess the drinking and voiding behaviors of first year university students and their knowledge about healthy fluid intake and voiding.
Results: The average daily fluid intake was >2 L/day for both genders. Poor drinking and voiding habits (such as high consumption of caffeinated drinks and alcohol, or nocturia) were common. Widely reported myths about the benefits of a high fluid intake were commonly believed.
Conclusion: More informed public education regarding healthy fluid intake, and drinking and voiding habits, is required as part of the effort to reduce the development of lower urinary tract symptoms, including incontinence.
Keywords: drinking behavior, fluid intake, habits, health knowledge, urination disorders
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