The 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.