Can I prevent kidney failure by taking a lot of water?


Holding urine for more than 10 hours can also make the bladder muscles unable to relax completely, leading to urine retention.

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What you need to know:

  • It is advisable to empty the bladder once every three hours.
  • In most circumstances, you can go up to nine hours safely without passing urine.
  • However, if you make it a habit to delay passing urine, you are at a higher risk of developing an urinary tract infection.

Dr Flo,
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