Specific Bacteria in the Bladder Offers Clues to Recurrent UTIs
News Medical published “Specific bacteria in the bladder may indicate who is more prone to recurrent UTIs” on December 13, 2022, outlining the results of a study out of The University of Texas at Dallas.
The article states that the researchers uncovered a strong correlation between beneficial bladder bacteria and the use of estrogen hormone therapy in women who were postmenopausal. This so-called “good” bacteria was found to be linked to urinary estrogens in postmenopausal women who had no history of urinary tract infections (UTI).
“Estrogen is important not just in regulating reproductive processes, but also in shaping the chemical environment of the entire body. When you lose that hormone, you lose all the benefits that it provides,” said, Dr. Nicole De Nisco, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
According to the article, age is one of the greatest related risk factors for UTIs, making them the most prevalent bacterial infections in adults, and placing a particular medical burden on women, as more than half of all women experience a UTI in their lifetimes.
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