D-Mannose: Combat UTIs With This Complex Sugar
Forty percent of women in the United States will develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) during their lifetime, making it one of the most common infections in women. A UTI is an infection of the urinary system. This includes the kidneys, bladder, urinary tract and urethra. E. coli causes the majority of UTIs (90%) but other such pathogenic organisms can cause infection. These include proteus, klebsiella and enterococcus. Bacteria that cause UTI infections have adhesins on their surface that allow the organism to attach to the mucosal surface. In addition, a short urethra also makes it easier for the uro-pathogen to invade the urinary tract. Premenopausal women have large concentrations of lactobacilli in the vagina that prevent the colonization of uro-pathogens. However, the use of antibiotics can erase this protective effect. Post-menopausal women may also be more susceptible due to estrogen deficiency. There are two forms of UTIs: Uncomplicated and Complicated
- Uncomplicated urinary tract infections, also known as cystitis or lower urinary tract infections, are bacterial infections of the bladder and associated structures. Uncomplicated urinary tract infections occur in female patients with no structural abnormality or comorbidities such as diabetes, old age, pregnancy or immunocompromised status. Recurrences arecommon, with nearly half getting a second infection within a year. Urinary tract infections occur four times more frequently in females than males.
- Complicated urinary tract infections occur in patients with structural abnormalities or comorbidities such as diabetes, old age, pregnancy, or immunocompromised status.
- Shown to help eradicate E.coli bacteria from the urinary tract.
- May help to stop itching, burning and painful urination.
- Promotes urinary tract health.
- D-mannose at doses of 8 to 20 grams per day has been shown clinically to support a healthy urinary tract. Whole cranberry and blueberry help by contributing their active factors from skin, pulp, seeds and juice, including quinic, caffeic and other organic acids, condensed tannins, OPCs, antioxidants and fiber.
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- Laura Galvan