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D-Mannose – A Simple Sugar To Treat UTIs

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, January 22, 2018 ~ D-Mannose is a simple sugar that has an ability to prevent bacterial infections in the urinary tract system  in both men and women. 

Many women with transvaginal mesh develop urinary track infections (UTIs) and in some, the  condition becomes chronic. 

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UTIs and D-Mannose – A Simple Sugar Treatment for UTIs

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are responsible for 10 million doctor’s office visits a year, according to the National Kidney Foundation. 

Symptoms include burning urination and a low output of urine. E. coli is the primary bacteria that causes 90 percent of infections.

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse says bladder infections are the most common type of  UTI.

The bacteria comes from the bowel and the bladder, ureters, and urethra can all become infected.   While most UTI’s stay in the bladder, if it is not treated promptly, the bacteria can travel to the kidneys causing pyelonephritis, an actual infection of the kidney.  This is more serious and may appear as back pain and fever.

In men, an enlarged prostate that restricts normal urine flow can result in a bladder infection.

Preventing a UTI is better than treating one because it takes far less effort to treat says Dr.  Joseph Mercola, an online alternative medicine MD.  Drink plenty of water, says Dr. Mercola, so urine is a light color, unless you are taking some supplements that might leave your urine a deeper color.

To prevent UTIs, don’t hold your urine,  use a bidet if possible, and wipe from front to back. Cleanse after intercourse.

Dr. Mercola says avoid antibiotic treatment because it kills good and bad bacteria. Fermented foods also help deliver good bacteria to the gut.

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D-Mannose – A Simple Sugar

D-Mannose is a simple sugar.

It is related to glucose and is found naturally in foods such as peaches, oranges, apples, blueberries and cranberries. Even though it’s a sugar, D-Mannose does not reportedly interfere with blood sugar regulation so it does not present a problem for diabetics because very little of it is metabolized.

E. coli bacteria is the primary bacteria that causes 90 percent of infections.

Clinical trials from Europe show D-Mannose can be used to treat and prevent urinary tract infection as it appears to stop the E. coli bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls. Instead, it sticks to the sugar.  Then the bacteria leaves the body through your urine.

D-Mannose can be used for a few days or long term use.

In one study of more than 300 women, D-Mannose worked as well as antibiotics to prevent recurring UTIs with fewer side effects.

The British Journal of Urology on the use of D-Mannose in recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women defines recurrent UTIs as at least two UTIs in every six months or three in one year. This clinical trial involved 308 women for up to 18 years. Women were divided into two groups, some treated with D-Mannose, some with antibiotics.

In one clinical trial the group treated with D-Mannose had a 15% recurrence of UTIs versus the group who did not receive it who had a 60% recurrence of UTIs.

D-Mannose is also used as a probiotic stimulating good bacteria in your digestive system.

 

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9 Comments

  1. So Over It says:

    I am ALL about looking for holistic/natural treatments for the chronic UTI issue. I too have struggled with them for quite some time and KNOW without a doubt that it is the mesh that has caused my chronic UTIs. Anyway, I would recommend you proceed using D-Mannose with caution. Unless you KNOW what is exactly causing the UTI (bacterial or yeast infection) you can actually exacerbate the problem. Blessings!

    • Jane Akre says:

      Why do you say that? If the sugar prevents bacteria from sticking to the bladder or urethra, that could provide a natural cure. Do you know of some downside?

      • So Over It says:

        Still Standing, this is great information! However it is true that D-Mannose will help if the infection in the bladder is e-coli however if the infection is a fungal infection the D-Mannose will feed the infection. So it depends on the infection.

  2. Still Standing says:

    So Over It, over two years ago, I went to an Integrative Health MD for help to prepare for a very difficult surgery precipitated by mesh complications. One persistent problem was recurring UTIs, about one every six weeks since my 2008 mesh implant. He recommended D-Mannose. I have not had a UTI since then. I take only one capsule a day. D-Mannose is not well metabolized and is excreted through the urine. It leaves your system pretty quickly. It does create a film in the bladder and bacteria cling to it then are excreted. It is found in a variety of fruits.

    Women with mesh have much higher rates of UTIs than normal. This can be for several reasons. Most women have shorter urethras due to the mesh . Normal female urethra are 2” long. Mine is less than 1/2 inch now. Shorter urethras make it easier for fecal bacteria (e-coli) to travel up to the bladder. Almost all UTI are from e-coli.

    Another thing that contributes to UTI is vaginal dryness. Dry vulva can also lead to UTI. These tissues help protect the urethra and bladder. Aging of course contributes to UTI development. Estrogen cream helps considerably. There are other things you can use to treat dryness if you don’t want to use an estrogen based product. Coconut oil is one. You can find others online. Loss of ability to have sex also leads to tissue atrophy. As my pelvic floor PT told me:”You neeed some action down there.” Vaginal dilators or manual therapy can help keep blood flow flowing to these tissues.

    Finally, it is imperative that mesh women are tested for UTI using a straight catheterized sample, not a pee in the cup sample. Many women are treated for UTI based on a contaminated urine sample. There are many many things that can lead to the feeling of UTI: pelvic floor hypertonic muscles, vulvodynia, pulling of the mesh, vaginal dryness, bladder irritation from too many acidic foods,etc. if you have constant UTI symptoms and are just given a round of antibiotics you are increasing your chance of developing antibiotic resistance while also may not be treating other causes of your symptoms.

    D-Mannose is a good supplement to use as a prophylactic. I would certainly not use it to treat an acute infection. My urogynocologist is so impressed with my outcomes that he regularly recommends it to other patients he treats. It certainly is worth trying out.

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