Diet, fluid intake and caffeine, alcohol and tobacco use may have effects on lower urinary tract symptoms. Constructive changes in these modifiable nonurological factors are suggested to improve lower urinary tract symptoms. To better understand the relationship between nonurological factors and lower urinary tract symptoms, we performed a systematic literature review to examine, grade and summarize reported associations between lower urinary tract symptoms and diet, fluid intake and caffeine, tobacco and alcohol use.
We performed PubMed® searches for eligible articles providing evidence on associations between 1 or more nonurological factors and lower urinary tract symptoms. A modified Oxford scale was used to grade the evidence.
We reviewed 111 articles addressing diet (28 studies), fluid intake (21) and caffeine (21), alcohol (26) and tobacco use (44). The evidence grade was generally low (6% level 1, 24% level 2, 11% level 3 and 59% level 4). Fluid intake and caffeine use were associated with urinary frequency and urgency in men and women. Modest alcohol use was associated with decreased likelihood of benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosis and reduced lower urinary tract symptoms in men. Associations between lower urinary tract symptoms and ingestion of certain foods and tobacco were inconsistent.
Evidence of associations between lower urinary tract symptoms and diet, fluid intake and caffeine, alcohol and tobacco use is sparse and mostly observational. However, there is evidence of associations between increased fluid and caffeine intake and urinary frequency/urgency, and between modest alcohol intake and decreased benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosis and lower urinary tract symptoms. Given the importance of these nonurological factors in daily life, and their perceived impact on lower urinary tract symptoms, higher quality evidence is needed.
The Journal of urology. 2017 May 04 [Epub]
Catherine S Bradley, Bradley A Erickson, Emily E Messersmith, Anne Pelletier-Cameron, H Henry Lai, Karl J Kreder, Claire C Yang, Robert M Merion, Tamara G Bavendam, Ziya Kirkali, Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN)
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa. Electronic address: ., University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa., Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington., National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.