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Diabetes & UTIs

Diabetes & UTIs

If you or a person you know is living with diabetes, you/they may be more prone to UTIs. The common reasons for this relate to the problems that come with diabetes:

effects of diabetes on utis
  • One is the result of having poor circulation, which reduces the body’s ability to send white blood cells to fight off infections;
  • Additionally, UTIs have higher probabilities of occurring with high blood glucose.
  • Finally, sometimes one may have a bladder that does not fully empty which results in urine in the bladder becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.

An excerpt from the American Urological Association calls out: "When blood sugar is high, the excess sugar is removed through the urine. This makes a favorable environment for bacterial overgrowth.”

When faced with a UTI, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can have serious implications when the body cannot fight off an infection or is up to twice as likely to developing urinary tract infections. Standard prevention methods are always advisable and will help to minimize the chances of getting UTIs.

When all else fails, there's always an option to go natural and try a cranberry supplement. Be careful, though, because not all cranberry supplements are created equal...

Can cranberries really help prevent UTIs?

PACs - the active component found in cranberries - can help prevent UTIs

If considering trying a cranberry supplement, Utiva UTI Control Supplement provides a clinically-proven option to help reduce UTIs in general*. Cranberries contain a natural bioactive called proanthocyanidins (PACs) that have been scientifically proven to be effective in controlling bacteria*. 

Unfortunately, most cranberry supplements don't mention the amount of proanthocyanidins within their ingredients, which means there's not enough to help prevent those pesky urinary tract infections. Utiva is a 15% concentration providing 36mg of PACs in a 240mg capsule – the minimum required dose to be clinically effective.

Many doctors recommend cranberry supplement containing the required 36 mg of PACs to control bacteria. Here's what Dr. Colleen McDermott, a Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgeon from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto had to say about it:

“Natural remedies can help with reducing UTIs. Although cranberries have been reviewed, it is important to check for 36mg of Proanthocyandins (PACs) within the supplement. These are the active molecules from within cranberries that help to keep bacteria from adhering to your urinary tract and bladder wall. Given the impact that recurrent UTIs can have on a one's life, patients should choose products that are supported by scientific evidence.”

Dr. Colleen McDermott, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

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