Bladder Infections Are Becoming Harder To Treat
The bacteria that cause urinary tract infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Experts fear that in the near future these infections could become deadly.
Nearly every woman experiences a urinary tract infection at least once in her life. They occur in men too, but women are more susceptible for anatomical reasons. Usually antibiotics are highly effective for treating these infections. If not treated properly, there is a risk the bacteria could spread to the kidneys and the bloodstream, with potentially deadly consequences.
A new statement released by the World Health Organization indicates that E. coli (the most common cause of UTIs) is becoming resistant to some antibiotics. The World Health Organization has named which bacteria we most urgently need new antibiotics to fight. E. coli is at the top of that list. The list is in preparation for a G20 meeting in Berlin, where the world’s twenty richest countries will discuss how to pay pharmaceutical companies to formulate new antibiotics. Currently pharmaceutical companies consider antibiotics too unprofitable to invest in. There is a lot more money to be made in drugs that must be taken daily for life. Antibiotics are only needed sporadically in most cases.
If you wish to prevent a urinary tract infection, it is important to keep your immune system strong. Regular infections are more common in diabetics, so make sure you do not have undiagnosed diabetes. The loss of sex hormones during the peri-menopausal years and after menopause makes the tissues of the vulva, urethra and bladder thinner and more fragile, so they are more easily invaded by bacteria. This can be overcome by using an estrogen cream on the vulva on a regular basis.
The wrong balance of bacteria in your intestines caused by a diet high in sugar and processed foods can make you more susceptible to infections. Change your diet and increase fresh fruits and vegetables, make some raw vegetable juices and eat some fermented foods such as sauerkraut and Kim chi, kombucha tea and plain unflavored yogurt. You can obtain much higher levels of beneficial bacteria by taking a good quality probiotic such as FloraTone capsules. D-mannose helps to prevent the adherence of pathogenic bacteria to the lining of the urinary tract.