What are UTIs?

Urinary tract infections (UTI) occur when unwanted bacteria, usually Escherichia coli (E. coli), enter the urinary tract through the urethra and get into your bladder. If not treated, the bacteria can get to your kidneys and this can be very serious.

Don’t women usually get UTIs?

Women are certainly more prone to UTIs due to anatomical and hormonal differences, but with age, men can certainly get them too.

In fact, age is a risk factor for both men and women when it comes to UTIs.

At around 50, men start to be at a greater risk of developing a UTI. The main reason for this is due to prostate enlargement, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It’s worth noting that around half of men aged 51-60 have BPH according to the American Urological Association.

Unfortunately, men are not aware that by taking care of their prostate health they can avoid serious complications and recurring UTIs.

What are the symptoms of UTIs in men?

The prostate is below your bladder, and due to the anatomical position when the prostate becomes enlarged, it can block the flow of your urine.

These urinary symptoms point out to an enlarged prostate.

  • frequent trips to the bathroom,
  • difficulty starting to urinate,
  • pain when urinating,
  • increased night-time urination,
  • a weak urine stream,
  • cloudy or smelly urine,
  • being unable to empty your bladder completely,
  • blood in your urine.

Unfortunately, if your bladder in unable to empty completely, the ‘E.coli that would usually be flushed out with your urine, stays in your bladder and starts to multiply.

What can I do if I experience these symptoms?

Always discuss symptoms of a UTI with your GP and confirm that you have a UTI and follow the treatment given.

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Then take a little look at your water intake and diet to see how these might be affecting your UTI. It is really important to remember that reducing water intake to try and reduce bathroom trips will not help! Being dehydrated can actually make things worse. Avoiding water will make your urine more acidic and this will cause urination to become more painful and irritate your bladder further.

Plus, E. coli, the bacteria causing 90% of UTIs, prefer concentrated urine, so don’t give them any extra help and remember to stay hydrated. Water is your best option as fizzy, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks could worsen your symptoms.

Also reducing your diary and meat consumption and adding more vegetables and fibre to your diet can help promote prostate health.

Dr. Naomi Newman-Beinart, PhD

Nutritionist (BSc) & Chartered Psychologist specialising in Health (PhD)