A female has approximately 30% chance of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI) throughout her lifetime1. Although men are much less susceptible, the likelihood of experiencing a UTI increases for both men and women as they age.
What is the Urinary Tract?
It is one of the most essential systems your body uses to keep your insides clean. This system is involves the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra, all of which work together to combine waste and excess fluid for removal via the process of urination. When certain bacteria (usually Escherichia Coli) present themselves in the urinary tract, various kinds of infection can occur（2, 3）. For example, the infection of the bladder is known as cystitis and the infection of the kidneys is known as pyelonephritis and so on.
Who is Susceptible?
Some groups of people have a higher risk of developing a UTI than others
Women : One of the reasons behind this is the short length of a woman’s urethra (the tube that connects with the bladder and allows urine to pass out of the body). The shortness of the urethra means that bacteria don’t have to travel very far(4-6)!
Men with prostate problems : E.g. an enlarged prostate gland may affect the ability of the bladder to empty completely (leaving some urine behind), providing bacteria an environment for multiplication(7).
Health conditions : Conditions which affect the immune system (e.g. diabetes, multiple sclerosis) can make a person more prone to infection(8)
Symptoms (9, 10)
An urge to urinate urgently and more often (even after just urinating).
Feeling a burning sensation when urinating.
Urine that has a strong smell.
Pelvic pain (women) or rectal pain (men)
Blood in the urine.
Treatment and Prevention
If you suspect that you have an infection, seek medical attention to prevent it from further spreading and resulting in more serious conditions.
Keep hydrated :
Drink plenty of fluids (mostly water) so that you urinate frequently, flushing the bacteria out of your body(9).
Go to the toilet
If you feel the urge to urinate, don’t hold on. Bacteria can multiply if it stays in the bladder for too long(9).
Wipe from front to back
Now that you’ve gone to the toilet, to reduce the risk of bacteria being transferred to the urethra from the anal passage, clean yourself from front to back(9, 10).
See your doctor for advice.
Cranberries have been reported to inhibit the adhesion of E. Coli (bacteria) to bladder cell receptors(12). If the bacteria can’t stick and stay inside you then it can’t cause infection either. Interestingly, a recent study found that the consumption of cranberry products daily protected against UTIs and enhanced positive outcomes, especially in women(13).
Attributable to its constituents, this amazing berry has been associated with a number of health benefits. Evidence from clinical studies suggests that it acts as:
An antibacterial, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, anti-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant agent(14-16)
Cholesterol lowering agent(17)
An agent involved in reducing glycemic response (having a positive effect on blood sugar levels)(18)
Anybody that has tasted fresh cranberries knows that it has a bitter taste. It’s because of its very low and natural sugar content that manufacturers often add sugar to cranberry products e.g. juices to make it more appealing to your taste buds. This means you’re getting less of pure cranberry and more of the remaining extras.
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