The Journal of International
Advanced Otology
Original Article

Is Inadequate Water Intake a Risk Factor for Vestibular Disorders?


Department of Audiology, Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences, Ankara, Turkey

J Int Adv Otol 2022; 18: 264-268
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2022.21303
Read: 1220 Downloads: 888 Published: 01 May 2022

BACKGROUND: Water is a vital nutrient for the human body system and failing to consume enough water could cause health problems. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between water intake and vestibular system disorders.

METHODS: Data from 93 patients (aged between 20 and 76 years) with vestibular disorders were analyzed in the study. The mean age of the patients was 46.96 ±13.94 years (female: 45.68 ±13.45, male: 49.96 ±14.85), and 69.9% (n=65) were female. Participants were sub-categorized into diagnostic groups as follows: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine, and persistent postural perceptual dizziness. The water intake information was analyzed for total water, plain water, and caffeinated beverages separately and compared between groups.

RESULTS: There was a significant difference between vestibular neuritis and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (P < .001) and also between vestibular neuritis and Meniere’s disease (P = .021) in terms of the intake values of plain water and total water. No significant difference was found between groups in caffeinated beverages intake (P = .151), and it was found that there is no statistically significant difference in plain water and total water intake in terms of gender (P > .05).

CONCLUSION: The most significant result of this study is that inadequate water intake can be a risk factor for some forms of peripheral vestibular disorders. People should be informed about the importance of drinking water and be encouraged to increase their water intake.

Cite this article as: Altın B, Aksoy S. Is inadequate water intake a risk factor for vestibular disorders?. J Int Adv Otol. 2022;18(3):264-268.

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