While women are far more likely to suffer urinary tract infections, men are more prone to be hospitalised for treatment. That's according to a study by Henry Ford Hospital urologists. And since urinary tract infections double during the hot summer months - here's what you need to stay healthy…
The statistics for urinary tract infections (or UTIs) are shocking!
According to netdoctor.co.uk, 5% of every woman on the globe will experience a UTI this year.
While those figures are lower for men under 60 (after that men are just as likely to suffer from UTIs), it doesn’t mean men shouldn’t know how to prevent them.
After all, says webMD, while most urinary tract infections are bladder infections and aren’t serious if you treat right away, if you don’t take care of them, “it can spread to your kidneys. A kidney infection is serious and can cause permanent damage.”
So how can you prevent UTIs?
It’s simple really…
Six ways to prevent urinary tract infections
Here are some great UTI prevention tips we recently shares with Health Bytes readers:
Drink plenty of fluids each day.
Empty your bladder fully every time you go to the toilet.
Wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear to maintain ventilation.
Avoid underwear that causes you to perspire. Moisture encourages bacteria to grow and flourish.
Follow your mom’s advice and change out of wet bathing costumes as soon as possible. (The same reason above applies here.)
Drink a glass of cranberry juice every day. As cranberry extract stops bacteria from spreading rather than killing it, this means it wouldn’t cause the bugs to develop the kind of drug resistance that can lead to untreatable superbugs, explains Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.
Don’t spend your summer writhing in pain because you’ve contracted a UTI. Follow these simple tips and you’ll thank us.