Sunday, May 22, 2011

Urinary tract infections-who is at risk and why?

at 11:08 AM
So first of all, we know that a UTI, in about 90% of cases are caused by an infection of e. Coli. I realize that is not a bundle of sunshine to think ... but lets see ... where on your body suppose there might be a lot of E Coli? Here is a suggestion; You can find a lot of e. Coli in the "number 2". That's right ... around the anus. Here's another pop quiz for you. Anyone who has a shorter distance from the opening of the urethra (pee) anus (poop). That is the right woman. In men the opening takes place safely away from the body, while in women, opening up, while tucked neatly, is in close proximity to dangerous by other nether regions.
Also, here is an interesting fact that I bet you didn't know. Firstly, a UTI generally spreads "outside-in" means that the infection enters the body and travels inland. Typically, you start at the opening of the urethra and travels towards the bladder. The average distance from the urethra to the bladder opening in women is 1.5 inches; in men-8 inches! That is not just a little different, which is very different. No wonder woman gets UTI much more frequently.
Sex. Did you know that almost 80% of all UTI in postmenopausal women will develop within 24 hours after intercourse? Actually USED are considered rare among unmarried women. To develop a UTI after sexual intercourse is so common that the phrase "honeymoon Cystitis" was coined because of how common it is for married women to develop a UTI shortly after the wedding, when sexual activity is accentuated in the genre. It is really important to be careful and health during sex. Also be sure to have a good drink of water before having sex ... not because you are so crazy in bed, you'll need to rehydrate, but why is it so important to urinate after sex to ferret out any bacteria.
Men are not immune, and lots of men are diagnosed with a UTI as well. While it is often not nearly as women there are some specific risk factors involved for men as well. Mostly men with an enlarged prostate have significantly higher risk for UTI than men with an enlarged prostate. The reason for this is that the enlarged prostate generally inhibits normal bathroom habits. Normal urination habits are so important for emptying our bacteria from the body, that whenever this process is disrupted, problems are bound to occur.
We discuss some additional risk factors in another article, but one last interesting situation here. If you go to a doctor, because you think you could have a UTI, they likely will prescribe an antibiotic for treatment. Did you know that a risk factor for a UTI is an antibiotic? Antibiotics are not discriminatory. Stick "good bacteria" and "bad" bacteria. When you loose good bacteria, all kinds of chaos typically will ensue.