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Joint Efforts Raise Awareness To Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

November 18, 2010 by  

Joint efforts raise awareness to help prevent urinary tract infectionsThe National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the Cranberry Marketing Committee recently announced that they will combine their efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of urinary tract infections (UTI) and how this condition can be prevented.

About 8.3 million visits to the doctor are attributed to UTIs each year, according to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC). Women are more likely than men to develop this problem, as nearly one in five women will develop a UTI in their lifetime.

The joint effort, called "Partnership in Education," involves the launch of an informational website which features an online health quiz and a blog where individuals can post their questions, in which doctors will respond.

The partnership also spreads awareness about the benefits of cranberry products, such as juice or supplements. Previous research has shown that cranberries contain a certain compound that may help to prevent UTIs.

John Davis, CEO of the NKF, said that increasing access to information about this health risk is important because "UTIs occur in the bladder, but if not treated promptly, they can spread to the kidneys, causing a more serious infection."

The NKUDIC reports that 20 percent of women who get a UTI will at some point develop another one.

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  • TIME

    Hello,
    Nija Fruit man o man I been eating as well drinking Cranberrys for years love the little Nija’s.

  • independant thinker

    Granny Mae, you out there today?

  • coal miner

    Attention:

    Urinary tract infections are also known as UTIs, cystitis and bladder infections. They most commonly occur in women, and there are steps you can take to help prevent them, especially if you are prone to them.
    .Difficulty: Moderately EasyInstructions.Things You’ll Need:
    Cranberry Juice
    Acidophilus
    Bioflavonoid Complex
    Toilet Paper
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin C
    1Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.

    2Add cranberry juice to your diet. Try to drink a glass every day. If you don’t like cranberry juice, try another acidic juice such as orange or grapefruit. The juice will help keep your urine acidic.

    3Wear cotton underwear and panty hose with a cotton crotch. Cotton allows air to pass in and out and keeps the crotch area drier, making it a less-inviting place for bacteria to flourish.

    4Wipe from front to back (if you are female), reducing the likelihood that bacteria will spread from your anus into your urinary tract.

    5Use white, unscented toilet paper. Dyes and perfumes can cause inflammation and urinary symptoms in some people.

    6Urinate before and after sexual intercourse.

    7Avoid bubble baths, bath oils and powders. These can irritate the area and increase the likelihood of infection.

    8Decrease or eliminate vaginal douching. Avoid vaginal deodorants and perfumed feminine hygiene products, which may contribute to urinary problems.

    9Take 1,000 to 2,000 mg of vitamin C with bioflavonoids daily. Vitamin C helps acidify the urine, preventing the growth of bacteria.

    10Use acidophilus, especially if you are on antibiotics, according to package directions. Acidophilus helps restore normal bacterial growth.

    11Eat celery, parsley and watermelon. They are natural diuretics, which help flush out your system.

    12Use sanitary pads instead of tampons if you are prone to urinary tract infections.

  • Patricia Soto

    I have found cranberry extract (liquid form) to be very helpful for UTIs. My 88 yr old mother was suffering from UTIs for 1-1/2 yrs. Cranberry juice, supplements, etc. didn’t seem to work. The extract is stronger than the usual forms of cranberry. You can find it at Rite Aid in the women’s section (Cystex-brand name).

  • Mrs Quiltmaker

    Cranberry juice drinking does not mean Cranberry Juice Cocktail which is nothing more than cranberry flavored sugar water. It will do nothing to help with UTI’s in fact it could contribute to having your infection last longer because of the sugar.

  • Grama M

    Having suffered with UTI for many years I finally learned the most important fact of all; the body is most resistant to virus, bacteria and other infections when in an alkaline state and most susceptible when acidic. Fresh veggies in abundance, including a good portion eaten raw, will bring the body chemistry to that state and many illnesses will not be able to control your life. Eat healthy, exercise, drink good water, balance your life in all areas.

  • Grama M

    Should have added, AVOID sugar and high sugar content foods as much as possible. Cancer and other healthy issues thrive in high sugar diets.

  • http://none Rev. Marvin Horton

    Are any other recos availabe for one who wears a cathther permanently due MS problems? She has a recyclng infection about every 4-6 weeks.
    7 out of 8 antibiotics don’t work on the infection.
    Thanks
    M.Horton

    • http://marcum@wildblue.net thurman marcum

      Rev Horton,

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