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Plum Landing talks about ways Seniors can prevent UTIs with good hydration

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The population most likely to experience urinary tract infections is the elderly.

UTIs are more than just a nuisance. They can lead to more serious health problems. If left untreated, a UTI can lead to acute or chronic kidney infections.

This is especially true for seniors because their bladder infection symptoms can be mistaken for other disorders.

Older individuals are more susceptible because of a weakened immune system as well as a weakening of the muscles of the bladder and pelvic floor and increased urine retention. All of these things can be contributing factors to an infection.

Bacterial growth in the urinary tract is usually prevented by urinary flow. E. Coli is responsible for most bladder infections.

Research has found that UTIs are associated with low fluid intake or low urine output. You can reduce the risk of UTIs by drinking plenty of fluids.

According to Urinary Health Journal, some experts have noted a rise in patients suffering from symptoms of dehydration such as kidney and urinary tract infections.

“We see these types of conditions due to low hydration levels often during summer. We usually see anywhere between a 10 to 20 per cent increase in patients,” says Dr. Sabina Aidarous, a family medicine specialist.

Elderly dehydration is especially common due to decreased kidney function, decreased thirst or medications.

Drinking 10-12 glasses of water daily, as well as drinking cranberry juice and limiting caffeine and alcohol intake are simple ways you can reduce the risk of this infection.

Keep a water bottle next to your bed or favorite chair will help.

Watermelon is one of the best fruits to eat to help you stay hydrated, as roughly 70 percent of the fruit is water. Bananas contain potassium and sodium, which helps the body hold water longer.

Plum Landing, 495 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506, 630-896-5031, www.plumlanding.org