Diabetes has been linked to an increased risk of developing urinary tract infections, indicates a study by the Carolina Institute of Sweden. The study analyzed data from 1,000 patients with type 2 diabetes, of whom 40 had a higher risk of developing this type of infection.
In patients with type 1 diabetes there was also a risk, although not as high. Scientists found the reason.
Why diabetes raises the risk of urinary tract infections
elevated glucose levels in blood that diabetics have favors the proliferation of fungi and bacteria in the urinary tractwhich can cause the appearance of many infections, including cystitis.
Diabetes can also damage the kidneys and affect the nerves, influencing the ability to detect certain health problems.
In addition, the pharmacological treatments that diabetics usually take to lower blood glucose levels cause them to excrete a greater amount of glucose in the urine, which is why, as a side effect, the possibility of suffer from both urinary infections or cystitis and vaginal infections, especially vaginal candidiasis, since urine with glucose is acidic and lowers the vaginal pH.
Urinary tract infections are common infections that occur when bacteria enter the urethra, usually from the skin or rectum, and infect the urinary tract. They can affect different parts of the urinary tract, but bladder infection (cystitis) is the most common type.
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Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is another type of urinary tract infection. It is less common than bladder infection, but more serious.
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