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Antibiotics More Effective in UTI than Cranberry Juice
For those who relied more on cranberry juice in wake of preventing & treating urinary tract infections compared to antibiotics, new Dutch research is proving an eye opener as it clearly indicates the supremacy of antibiotics over cranberries.
According to Dutch research, newly conducted, there is a clear indication that cranberries are not that effective compared with antibiotics in treating and preventing UTIs (for more info Visit http://www.dmannose.co.uk/
Although, it was not known exactly a how cranberries (for more info visit http://www.dmannose.co.uk/
It is concluded in a recent study that cranberries prove less effective in the prevention, however doctor must ask the patients when it comes to use of antibiotics as its overuse may prove disastrous for the patient. It is clear that those women who are victims of recurrent UTIs (urinary tract infections) do not prefer to opt for antibiotics as its long use may prove non advantageous.
As far as statistics are concerned, nearly half of women will experience a UTI in their lifetime. Out of these women nearly 30 percent of women will develop recurrent UTIs. The major cause behind UTIs is Escherichia coli.
In fact, in one of the studies, conducted on 221 women, with at least three recurrent UTIs in the previous year, with a 12-month course of the antibiotic trimethoprim-
Those women who were given cranberry capsules were found to be developing at least one symptomatic UTI in comparison with their counterparts who were given the antibiotic. Taking into consideration the average, we find that in women who took cranberry, at least one of the symptomatic UTI was developed after four months. And for those who were on antibiotics, it took nearly 8 months to catch an infection. Taking into consideration the rates of antibiotic resistance, researchers found that it tripled in those women who were put in the antibiotics group. However, these did return to baseline three months when they were asked to stop the medication.
Taking into account the one month gap, it was found that antibiotic resistance to E. coli was higher than 85 percent for those put on antibiotics compared to cranberry extract that stood at 30 percent among women.
If we take into consideration Bill J. Gurley comments, we find that Cranberry has long been touted as a natural preventative for UTIs with numerous clinical studies supporting this belief.
However, taking into account the role of cranberry, we find that using cranberry juice extract and capsules for a long time prevents adhesion of bacteria to the bladder wall. But it is the antibiotics that kill bacteria compared to the cranberry extract that provides a mechanical solution at large.
For those women who sexually active and whose bladder feels irritated after sex should opt for cranberry capsules especially after intercourse as a preventative measure. According to the Dean in case one gets an UTI, one can increase the amount of cranberry extract or even consider antibiotics for better treatment options.
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