Is there a connection between high sugar levels and urinary infection?

India
December 20, 2010 6:57am CST
Of late my friend had to use public toilets often due to travel or other reasons and had developed urinary infection. Even after taking antibiotic for three days, it has not subsided completely. Her husband says may be sugar level gone up in blood or urine and that is the reason for this urinary infection. Is it true? Can you clarify my doubt please? Thanks in advance.
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@kalav56 (11505)
• India
20 Dec 10
Buchi ! Iam an expert in UTI and have suffered in many ways and have had continuous dosage of antibiotics for a year, undergone cystocopy, subsequent dilatation and still am suffering if I do not take proper precautions. So, let me tell you what to do. 1]For the problem in hand-- ask your friend to drink not less than 22 glasses of water per day along with the antibiotics, whatever they are. sometimes, immediate relief would be seen with intake of antibiotics but this would be temporary because it is called symptomatic relief. For this relief to continue , the proper dose of antibiotics should be taken. The absolutely proper medicine will be revealed only in culture. Secondly, now that three days are over, and the problem persists, the first thing she should do is get her urine examined for a routine test [deposits].If there are more than 6 to 7 pus cells, she should give her urine for culture immediately. Ask her to take citralka [3 tablespoons per day --1 tb spoon in one glass of water per dose]
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@shaggin (15049)
• United States
20 Dec 10
I have chronic utis as well. I have not found out what the cause it. I had a disease when I was little and they told me when I was an adult I could have kidney damage. I had a cystoscopy done which has caused other problems which I am mad about. I am having an ultrasound done on January 13th. Drinking lots of fluids is really important. Cranberry juice is the best! She could alternate that with water as getting plenty of pure water is important.
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@kalav56 (11505)
• India
21 Dec 10
you can also have barley water and water boiled with cummin seeds. THese two help. Essentially, water must be had in plenty. Hope your ultrasound scan goes fine and you are just asked to take some simple medicine and water.It is a real big nuisance and I also dread it.
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• India
25 Dec 10
Dear Kalav56, She has taken her sugar level tests and also routine analysys of the urine. The sugar level is 225 fasting and 350 post prondial. Urine sugar is 1% fasting and 2% pp. routine analysis shows infection. About pus cells I do not know. I will ask her. She went to the doc and some dosage increased and new added. She is taking one antibiotic and citral for UTI. Now she is feeling better. She thanks one and all responded to this discussion and all of your responses are very useful to everyone I am sure. Thanks to all of you from my behalf. Dear Shaggin, I am sorry for the childhood disease and the aftereffects of the cystoscopy. I wish the ultrasound results show normal and you will become alright soon. Thanks for sharing the information dear friend.
@kalav56 (11505)
• India
20 Dec 10
Regarding infection and sugar levels, any infection would thrive in a patient with higH sugar.But, 3 days is too soon to get scared. She has still not been properly treated for the UTI. After culture an d proper dose of antibiotic ,if the infection persists , she can undergo further tests. THere is no need to panic. But, check if she had plenty of water along with the medicine she first took.
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@Jotomy (5216)
• India
20 Dec 10
Hi kala.
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• India
25 Dec 10
Her water intake was less no doubt. But now She is drinking more water. Her daughter got cranberry juice for her. Now she is feeling better. Doctor asked her to take another test after 10 days. If these change in the medicines show improvement it is well and good. Otherwise the doctor may suggest further treatment. Thanks for the concern shown.
@vathsala30 (3726)
• India
20 Dec 10
Hi Urinary infection has nothing to do with public toilets. if the liquid waste gets deposited in the body instead of flushing out, then it will cause urine infection, as far as my knowledge is concerned. Ask her to take lot of fluids in the form of water, juice, soups, etc so that all the liquid waste will be flushed out besides ask her to consult a RMP. Probably he may advice to take Citrasol or Citralaka and for acute infection , prescribe some antibiotic or even injection. I do not know whether higher suger lever has got something to do with this problem. Anyway wishing for a speedy recovery for your friend
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• India
20 Dec 10
Thanks Vathsalaji for the detailed answer. I will ask her to follow your instructions. She is worried now as she has not checked her sugar level for a long time. Ladies take care of their families but not themselves, that is the problem. Thanks again life8118. I will ask her to go through the link that you gave. It will help her.
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• India
25 Dec 10
I have saved these links friend. Thanks a lot.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
20 Dec 10
I had a urninary tract infection a while ago, and high sugar or protein levels can cause the infection. this is not true in every case. My mom got a kidney infection, and the dr. said that was probably from over working the kidneys with too much sugars and not enough water in the system to dilute it.
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• India
25 Dec 10
Very truly said. More water intake is very much required for urinary infection and good kidney function. Now my friend is taking lot of water. What to do, sometimes we learn in a bitter way. Thanks for the good advice friend.
@shaggin (15049)
• United States
20 Dec 10
People who have diabetes get urinary tract infections easily. I dont know why. I havent been tested for diabetes but I do eat a ton of junk food. I crave it so bad its so hard to resist it. I am plagued with chronic urinary tract infections that started 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. Antibiotics will make your friend feel better after 3 days but the infection will not totally be gone. Each day she takes the antibiotics she will feel a little better. Her using public restrooms really probably would not ever cause her to get a uti.
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• India
25 Dec 10
You are right Shaggin. Her sugar levels have caused the urinary infection for her. That is what the doctor told her. Now she is under medication for UTI and also increased dosage for the high sugar levels. She is supposed to take tests again after 10 days and hope she feels better. Thanks for the concern shown my dear.
• India
11 Jan 11
Buchiji Yes there is a connection between high blood sugar level in women and getting UTI, my wife got it several times though she did not use public toilets for months.. hope this solves your querry.. Thank you so much for this post. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead.