Diabetes & Urinary Tract Infections

Evidence suggests that, urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common bacterial infections among diabetic patients. Let's see the details!

(This article is written under a partnership with Utiva

1. Do you know “UTIs”? 

Urinary tract infections affect millions of people every year. According to the data from the American Diabetes Association, when you live with diabetes, you're twice as likely to be prone to UTIs. 

A urinary tract infection(UTI) is a bacterial infection that grows within the urinary tract – anywhere from the kidneys, the ureters, the bladder, and through to the urethra. Urinary tract infections can be a particular problem for people with diabetes as sugar in the urine makes for a fertile breeding ground for bacteria.

2. What Causes a UTI?

Bacteria, usually from the bowels, cause a UTI. Typically, the urinary tract system protects against infection, such as the ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), one-way valves to prevent urine from backing up into the kidneys. The process of emptying your bladder completely also helps to flush out bacteria and other microbes.

3. Why diabetes and UTIs are closely connected? 

UTIs occur when bacteria or other bugs invade your body’s drainage system. Normally, your immune defenses banish these bugs before they can grow and multiply. But if you have diabetes, the following factors interfere:

  • Diabetes impairs some parts of your immune response. You have fewer white blood cells and T cells to fight off invading bacteria, viruses, and fungi. For the same reason, diabetics often develop UTIs caused by less commonly encountered germs. Routine antibiotics may be ineffective.  
  •  Nerve damage can keep your bladder from emptying, either by weakening muscles or scrambling the signals between your brain and urinary system. Urine that remains in your body too long poses a greater infection risk.  
  •  Sugar in your blood and urine can also contribute to a greater risk for UTI.

4. Preventing UTIs with Diabetes

The UTIs in diabetes patients are more often caused by resistant pathogens, meaning the infections are more difficult to treat. However, taking care of your diabetes well will help prevent UTIs. For example, having high blood glucose levels can increase your risk of a UTI, so keeping blood sugar levels as steady as possible is important. Make sure you empty as much of your bladder as possible when you pee. This can be an issue for people with diabetes and can contribute to bacteria growth that can cause infection. Other UTI prevention tips are the same whether you have diabetes or not. They include:

  • Drink plenty of water.  
  • Do not hold pee in—if you have to go, find a bathroom and go.  
  • Wipe front to back after going to the bathroom.  
  •  Wear cotton underwear.

5. UTI-fighting ingredients: Cranberry power may help you!

Staying hydrated, practicing some healthy habits, and supplementing your diet with some UTI-fighting ingredients are good ways to lower your risk of getting them. Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice is one of the most well-known natural remedies for urinary tract infections.

Cranberries contain a natural bioactive ingredient called proanthocyanidins (PACs) that have been scientifically proven to be effective in maintaining a healthy urinary tract. Unfortunately, most cranberry supplements don't mention the volume of proanthocyanidins within their ingredients, which means there's not enough to help maintain a healthy urinary tract.

That’s why we recommend Utiva.

UTI Control 36PAC Cranberry Pills Supplement contains 36 mg of PACs at 15% concentration - one of the highest in the market.  500mg high dose cranberry capsules typically have less than 1% PACs (<5mg). One Utiva pill has 240mg of cranberry with 15% PAC concentration = 36mg PACs!😮 

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