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UTIs in Men

What You Should Know

What You Can Do About It*

Don’t Be a Statistic

Urinary tract infection has become a major medical problem in men. Although less common than in women (1:30 male to female ratio), when it does occur it can become serious.

The male urethra is much longer than the female’s. This natural barrier does not allow bacteria a quick access to the bladder. Together with the antibacterial actions of some secretions of the prostate gland, it probably accounts for why men are less likely than women to develop urinary tract infection.

However, if you are a bladder infection and/or prostate infection sufferer, you should become an informed patient. Then, and only then, you will be able to manage your own care, ask the right questions, insist on adequate management and information, and seek an optimal health outcome.

But you don’t have to be a statistic! If you take good care of your urinary tract you can avoid all those nasty infections that has been affecting so many men.

When it comes to taking better control of your health, you always need to stay alert and ultimately rely on yourself for important decisions, just as all men should do. Also, you need to appreciate and, hopefully, consider the nutritional and lifestyle-based approach as the alternative treatment option for your urinary health.

Urinary Self-Defense Systems

Because the urinary system is structured in a way that helps ward off pathogenic bacteria, an infection does not always occur when they are introduced into the bladder. Also, the urinary tract consists of a number of natural safeguards that protect it against infection-causing bacteria. This natural self-defense system includes:

Urine / Urea

Normally, urine is normally sterile, that is, free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. So, it functions as an antiseptic, helping to wash potentially harmful bacteria out of the body during normal urination.

Urine contains large quantities of urea. It is the colorless, crystalline end product manufactured within the liver and excreted from the body via urinary tract. Known for its antiseptic and bactericidal properties, urea helps to inhibit the growth of many types of detrimental bacteria, including Eschericia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus. It also helps to kill the detrimental bacteria that cause bacterial forms of prostatitis.

The ureters

These tubes carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The ureters and the bladder are structurally designed to prevent urine from backing up toward the kidneys.

The male urethra is longer than the female’s. Also, the urethral opening in men is farther from sources of bacteria from the anus. That’s why men are less likely than women to develop urinary tract infection.

The bladder lining

When bacteria infect the bladder, the cells that line the bladder, literally, sacrifice themselves and self-destruct (a process called apoptosis). In so doing, they fall away from the lining, carrying the bacteria with them. This process, suggested by some interesting research, eliminates about 90% of the E. coli.

In fact, the immune defenses continuously fight bacteria and other harmful micro-invaders. In addition, antibacterial substances in the mucous lining of the bladder eliminate many organisms.

The prostate gland

Some secretions of the prostate gland have been known for their antibacterial activity.

Human Beta Defensin 1 (hBD1).

Our body is constantly challenged by all kinds of bacteria, both commensal (as a part of our normal flora*) and pathogenic (infectious). At the same time, antimicrobial molecules (peptides), constantly secreted by our innate immune system, protect the body from bacterial overgrowth, keeping in balance our microbiota – all micro-organisms and viruses coexisting in the gastrointestinal tract.

These antimicrobial peptides, called defensins, act mainly by disrupting the structure of pathogenic bacterial cell membranes. It is a very complex and sophisticated defense mechanism.

One of the most prominent antimicrobial molecules is the human beta defensin 1 (hBD1). It is constantly expressed by epithelial cells and exhibits complex and diverse host antimicrobial strategies. Besides disrupting the bacterial cell walls, it creates a net-like structure surrounding and entrapping infectious bacteria.

*Our normal flora contains approximately one hundred trillion bacteria covering our body and living in the gastrointestinal tract.

Multiple Causes

In most cases, about 80 percent in adults, urinary tract infection is caused by a variety of pathogens, infectious bacteria normally present in the intestines, especially in the rectum.

Nearly all infections of the lower urinary tract and bladder are caused by a few strains of E. coli bacteria, called uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC).

A variety of other Enterobacteriaceae and Gram-positive pathogens, includes:

  • Staphylococcus aureus (shortly “staph”)
  • Staphylococcus saprophyticus
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Mycoplasma hominis
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Enterococcus faecalis
  • Proteus mirabilis
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Other possible causes of urinary tract intections include:

  • yeast infection
  • food allergies
  • stress and anxiety
  • sexual intercourse
  • heavy metal toxicity
  • poor kidney function.

Multiple Risk Factors

Below there are the common risk factors – attributes, characteristics or exposures – that increase your likelihood of developing a urinary tract infection:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Anal intercourse
  • Aged 65 and older
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Failure to completely empty the bladder
  • Bacterial prostatitis (acute or chronic)
  • Enlarged prostate/benign prostatic hyperplasia” (BPH)
  • Urinary tubes, stents, or catheters
  • Diabetic bladder
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • History of childhood urinary tract infections
  • Congenital abnormality
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Blood type

Prevention Tips

(Do’s and Don’ts)

The tips for UTI prevention may be summarized as follows:

  • Urinate when you feel the need.
  • Take showers instead of tub baths.
  • Keep the genital area clean.
  • Always wash the penis during bathing or, preferably, showering by gently pulling back the foreskin.
  • Practice safe sex.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse ‘from behind’.
  • Wash the penis and hands with soap and water before sexual intercourse
  • If condoms are used during anal contact, be sure to change condoms.
  • Urinate after sexual intercourse, if possible. If not, drink 10-12 ounces of water immediately after intercourse.
  • Use only white unscented and unbleached toilet paper.
  • Avoid wet or tight clothing.
  • Wear only cotton underwear.
  • Avoid bubble baths and strong soaps.

Medical UTI Diagnosis

The only way to diagnose an infection is checking a urine sample.

Urinary Analysis (U/A)

This test is commonly performed in the doctor’s office or in lab. It just takes a few minutes – a dipstick is placed in the urine sample and up to ten different substances can be detected.

Microscopic Urinalysis (U/A micro)

A doctor may also wait a few hours for the lab to run a microscopic urinalysis – a drop of urine is examined under a microscope – to help in the decision whether or not to start an antibiotic treatment while the urine culture is running.

Urine culture

With no doubt, urine culture is the most accurate test to determine for sure whether or not an infection is present. The lab puts the urine sample in an incubator. If any bacteria are in the sample, they will multiply and show up. However, it takes 24 to 48 hours for the bacteria to grow enough to be detected.

Antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST)

If only one type of bacteria grows in the culture, the lab will expose the bacteria to a variety of antibiotics to see to which ones the bacteria are sensitive. This usually takes one day after the culture is positive. It helps to decide which antibiotic is best for the infection.

Standard Antibiotic Treatments

(Employed in a Trial-and-Error Fashion)

If you have frequent recurrences (three or more UTIs a year) doctors typically prescribe:

  • low doses of antibiotics for long periods of time (as long as 6 months to 2 years),
  • single doses of antibiotics after sexual intercourse,
  • short courses (1 or 2 days) of antibiotics when symptoms appear.

Usually, stronger antibiotics are given for single, acute episodes of bladder infection (cystitis). After acute symptoms have subsided, prophylactic, or preventive, therapy with low-dose antibiotics is prescribed.

Besides antibiotics, standard treatments also include:

  • antidepressants (to effect a change in the bladder lining),
  • water dilation of the bladder,
  • surgery – up to (and including) bladder removal.

Normally, these treatments are employed in a trial and error faction with varying degrees of success.

In fact, antibiotic treatments do not successfully kill all the bacteria participating in the infection. And they may encourage many of the bacteria to persist in a resting state.

Therefore, current standard drug treatments for bladder infections are not adequate. This phenomenon may account for many of the repeat urinary tract infections.

Antibiotic Drawbacks

Although routinely used, antibiotic treatments have many drawbacks. Here’re the most common ones:

  • They kill both the unwanted micro-organisms and wanted micro-organisms. (Research has shown that a single course of ciproflaxin can disrupt a third of the microbe species naturally present in the gut, and other work has suggested that in some people, the microbiome might never really recover.)
  • When used long-term or repeatedly they lead to major disturbances both in normal body microflora and in overall health.
  • They may cause stomach upset, rash, and allergic reactions.
  • They may cause nasty yeast infections.

Also, all antibiotic therapies carry with them the risks of developing:

  • antibiotic-resistant bacteria,
  • gastrointestinal problems,
  • adverse effects, especially on the liver and kidneys.

Therefore, due to all these hazards, especially of prolonged antibiotic therapy, the use of antibiotics should be reduced to the absolute minimum.

Repeated Bladder Infections

One possible factor behind recurrent urinary tract infection may be the ability of bacteria to attach to cells lining the urinary tract. The symptoms sometimes can be caused by chemical irritation such as bath additives or soaps. They may disappear, if toiletries are changed.

Usually, the latest infection stems from a strain or type of bacteria that is different from the infection before it, indicating a separate infection. Even when several urinary tract infections in a row are due to E. coli, slight differences in the bacteria indicate distinct infections.

Also, you may have recurrent symptoms suggestive of urinary tract infection – but without infection being present. This condition is not serious but can be troublesome.

Chronic or recurrent urinary tract infections, however, should always be treated thoroughly because of the chance of kidney infections (nephritis).

Multidrug Resistant UTIs

(In the Elderly)

UTIs are the most common bacterial infections found in nursing home residents, accounting for:

  • 50% of reported infections in Norwegian nursing homes,
  • 30% to 50% in U.S. nursing homes,
  • 25% of all infections in the noninstitutionalized elderly in the U.S.

The incidence of UTIs is higher in the elderly due to genitourinary abnormalities, urolithiasis, dehydration, and diabetes, among other causes. These are considered complicated UTIs – in the presence of factors that predispose to persistent or relapsing infection, such as:

  • foreign bodies (calculi, indwelling catheters),
  • obstruction,
  • renal failure,
  • urinary retention.

In elderly men, prostate enlargement causes bladder outlet obstruction predisposing them to urinary stasis and UTIs. When urinary tract abnormalities persist or treatment ineffectively eradicates resistant bacteria, UTIs are prone to recur.

UTIs are considered recurrent when ≥ 3 occur within 1 year or ≥ 2 occur in a 6-month period. The anticipated recurrence rate of complicated UTIs at 4 to 6 weeks following completion of therapy is 40% to 60%.

Current practice standards recommend not treating asymptomatic UTIs to avoid contributing to bacterial antibiotic resistance. The frequent use of antibiotics, such as quinolones, which are increasingly inactive against these organisms, contributes to the overgrowth of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and their appearance in the genitourinary tract.

As UTI-causing bacteria become more resistant to available antibiotics, the need to explore new strategies for managing UTIs is clear.

*Based on various available sources and studies, our research and practical experience. Last modified on November 13, 2019.

Natural Alternative Measures

Contrary to a popular belief and common medical practice, men with urinary tract infection do not have to suffer and be exposed to countless rounds of vicious antibiotics.

With the help of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herbs, nutrients and phytonutrients, it is possible to get through both acute and chronic UTI by:

  • improving the quality and functioning of the uroepithelium, or urothelium – an epithelial tissue that lines the distal, farthest away portion of the urinary tract, including the renal pelvis, ureters, bladder, upper urethra, and glandular ducts of the prostate;
  • disinfecting the entire urinary tract
  • inhibiting and preventing inflammation,
  • enhancing the growth of some forms of beneficial bacteria within the body such as Bifidobacteria bifidus and Lactobacillus acidophilus,
  • destroying some forms of detrimental fungi such as Candida albicans and Candida krusei.

Compared to standard medical treatments (read: antibiotics), the natural, non-pharmacological approach to urinary tract infection is clearly a superior option – much safer and without side effects.

It is our working experience that UTIs can be successfully controlled and most importantly prevented with the help of natural formulations. Therefore, you, or someone you know or hold dear, who suffers from bladder infection should give this approach serious consideration.

Men with UTIs Write to Us

(Real Life Stories &Testimonials)

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After 12 days in the hospital – first time in my life and I am pushing 70 – I came home feeling pretty good. I had been dehydrated, lacked vitamin D and magnesium and, naturally, had a bladder dysfunction.

Before leaving I was checked over and had a urine sample taken. Two days later, a doctor called saying I had a staph infection and he had called in to the pharmacy so I could pick up an antibiotic.

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How Do I Know if I Have a UTI?

(Male Symptoms Questionnaire)

Think you might have a urinary tract infection

and/or interested in getting a second opinion?

Please fill in the six-part questionnaire, answering all questions thoughtfully and to the best of your knowledge. By doing so, you will be much better prepared for an eventual doctor’s appointment. It might also help your doctor determine if you need a urine test, which is not always a routine practice.

As for the symptoms, they are sensations or perceptions of changes in health experienced by yourself or someone you know, or hold dear who too may be in need for help.

Within 12 to 24 hours we will email* you back the results along with our recommendations (if necessary) that may help you get your urinary health back on track. The information given, however, is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or replace the advice of a physician or other healthcare professional.

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