Now all the facts that you will need to understand and successfully clear up your chronic UTI are here in one place.
Fact 1: One out of every two women in menopause will have chronic UTIs. One out of every three men with an enlarged prostate will have chronic UTIs.
For women, chronic UTIs are due to hormonal changes in our vaginal and urinary microbiome. Read more about this here.
For men, chronic UTIs are due to an enlarged or inflamed prostate. Read more here.
Fact 2: Almost everyone over the age of 60 will be living with a chronic UTI which cannot be treated with an antibiotic
Chronic UTIs are defined as having 3+ infections per year. This is due to “antibiotics resistance”.
Because antibiotics have been over-prescribed by doctors for decades, the UTI bacteria have figured out how to evade almost all available oral antibiotics. Read more here.
Fact 3: Leaving a UTI untreated for more than a week is very dangerous.
A UTI should not be allowed to fester in your bladder. If left untreated, it can develop into kidney disease, kidney stones, delirium, urosepsis and even death. Read more symptoms here.
People over the age of 75 are most at risk because they do not have symptoms. Learn more here.
Fact 4: You need to find out what bacteria is causing your UTI so you can get a treatment that will work.
The first step is confirm that you have a UTI using test strips. Read more about how to do this here.
The next step is to have your doctor order a urine culture to identify the type of bacteria. You should know that urine cultures have been judged to be only 50% accurate.
If you’ve tried everything and are still suffering, consider the gold standard test which is called an “Advanced PCR Test”. It identifies 23 types of bacteria and several types of fungi. It can be ordered online or through your urologist. Read more about it here.
Fact 5: Approximately 75% of all UTIs are caused by two bacteria – E. Coli and Klebsiella bacteria.
There are over 15 strains of bacteria that can cause a UTI; the most common cause of UTIs is E. Coli. See all types here (Table 1).