Although not pleasant to talk about – or experience – urinary tract infections are common.
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are responsible for approximately 10 million doctor visits a year. Although UTIs can be treated in the short term with antibiotics, prevention is key since antibiotics are not a long-term solution and if left untreated, UTIs can lead to infection of the kidneys or worse.
Although more women will develop a UTI at some point in their lifetime, men are not immune. UTI symptoms include pain while urinating, blood in the urine and pelvic pain. What’s worse is that once an individual has had a UTI, the likelihood of having another one escalates. More alarming stats:
- Over $1 billion dollars are spent per year on UTIs.
- One in five women will have at least one UTI in her lifetime.
- Total number of cases involving UTIs are approximately 40 million per year, of which 30 million are unreported.
- UTIs are the second leading cause of lost work days for women.
There are certain common circumstances that can cause a UTI. Chicken and meat that are not handled properly can be one. A study in the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases found a genetic match between the E. coli bacteria that causes UTIs in humans and the E. coli in chicken coops. And about 17 percent of the E. coli found in raw chicken is the type that can cause UTIs.
Another bacteria can cause UTIs, too. A 2015 study in Clinical Infectious Disease discussed the increased incidence of Klebsiella pneumoniae found on retail meats — K. pneumoniae is also a cause of UTIs.
Cold, flu and allergy medications can also be a cause, as they tend to make the bladder hold onto urine longer; the longer urine is retained in the bladder, the more time that the bacteria has to grow, which can increase risk of UTI infection.
Cranberries are known to be very effective with UTIs as they inhibit bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall, thereby preventing the spread of the infection. Remember that typical cranberry juices have a lot of sugar to make them palatable, as cranberries themselves are quite sour. Supplements such as our Oysrelax cranberry flavor drink will help support a healthy urinary tract.