All right, we’re going to get into a new study that’s out, vitamin D supplementation may prevent urinary tract infections. This is a big problem with a lot of people, especially women. Women are more prone to these urinary tract infections, or UTIs, as I’ll refer to them throughout this segment. We know that vitamin D has got a lot of terrific aspects to how it helps with the immune health, both boosting, and modulating the immune system. No big surprise here. This is a very, very unique study, in the fact that it was five years long, and they almost used my recommendation for how much vitamin D that you should get on a daily, to weekly basis.
Let’s get into the story a little bit. First of all, most urinary tract infections are involved in the lower area of the urinary tract, which would be the bladder and the urethra area. Again, women are most likely, throughout their lifetime, to get a urinary tract infection, more so than men. A woman has got at least a fifty percent chance of getting a UTI sometime in their life. Obviously, one of the first things that they do, if you end up in a clinic, or your doctor’s office with a UTI, is to giving antibiotic. If you need it, you need it, but you’ve got to understand that if you’re not careful, this can be a chronic situation, these urinary tract infections.
Basically what they did is … Let me just talk briefly about who’s more prone to get these UTIs. People that are in hospital stays, rehab, elderly, people that have bowel issues, where there’s some diarrhea involved, things like when you run through a bout of food poisoning, or you’ve got irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea. That, unfortunately, creates quite a problem with developing urinary tract infections, again, especially in women. Sugar is a big culprit in this too. Diabetics are more prone to getting UTIs. Most of you guys know about urinary tract infections. Most of you listening, especially if you’re a woman, you’ve probably had one at one time or another. If you’ve been on antibiotics for any issues, whatever it happened to be, another type of infection, sometime that can create a urinary tract infection, in and of itself.
Within this new study, they found that they looked at a total of … They started out with five hundred and eleven pre-diabetic patients. I like this because of the fact that again, if you have diabetes, or pre-diabetes, you have a higher risk of getting these UTIs. This was a good group to study. Started out with five hundred and eleven. They were pre-diabetic, and they followed them for five years. During this five year period of time, half of the group got twenty thousand IUs of vitamin D throughout the week. Whereas, the placebo group got a placebo pill, they got nothing.
When they started this five year study, the average blood level of vitamin D in this group, was roughly about an average of 24.0, which is very low. On the scale where they do the blood test, low is 30, high is 100. I’ve always told you that the goal should be to be around 60 or higher. You can see that they were off the chart at 24.0, and the low level is 30. That’s where they started. Once they got rolling on this, they found that the group getting the vitamin D, and again, nobody knew who was getting what, only the researchers did, the participants did not.
During the time, they did regular blood work, they had them answer questionnaires, and again, this went on for five years. During this five year study, the people taking the vitamin D, their vitamin D levels rose up to about 49 on that scale. They didn’t quite get to the 60 that I recommend, but of course, they took a lower dose. I think every adult here in the United States, ought to be taking 5,000 IUs every day, which would give you 35,000 IUs, versus this study of 20,000 IUs. Regardless, the end result of all this was, that the present study, this is from the researchers, they concluded,
“In the present study, we found supplementation with vitamin D to significantly reduce the occurrence, and number of UTIs during this five year intervention study.”
That’s the good news, that something as simple as vitamin D, can help you prevent these urinary tract infections, and save you money and time to go to the doctor, and having to deal with the antibiotics, and everything else going on. I wanted to expand on this a little bit, because I think we need a little more than vitamin D to this story. Yes, it can be beneficial, and yes, it should be part of everybody’s foundational program, multi-vitamins, minerals, getting enough vitamin D, making sure that you’re getting omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil. These are all things that we recommend you do, when you shop with us at Paradise Health and Nutrition.
If you have an issue with these UTIs, where yes, I’ve had a problem with them, I do have one or two every year. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to escape this, let me give you a couple other recommendations. Actually, one of them is a combination recommendation. There is supplements out there that contain both cranberry extracts, along with a very unique carbohydrate known as Mannose, or they also refer to it as D-Mannose. The combination of these two are very, very beneficial. There is a specific E-Coli bacteria that is involved in these UTIs. Ninety-nine percent of them are caused by this same type of bacteria. This D-Mannose, or Mannose seems to have an ability to coat that bacteria, so it cannot stick to the walls of the urinary tract. We already know cranberry is good for both prevention, and treatment of UTIs, so that’s in this formula too. You’ll find that by the company called Solaray.
They have this cranberry D-Mannose combination product that our customers absolutely love. The other recommendation is, is that where art thou bad bacteria, there should be lots of friendly bacteria. I always recommend that we utilize probiotics. You guys know, Nature and Healthy Trinity. You hear about it here on Good News Naturally regularly. You’ve heard about it for years here on WMEL. Great type of probiotic that you can use, that will be very, very helpful in this whole story about UTIs. Okay? Hope you learned something. If you need help with any of this, contact TheVitaminStore.com, and they’ll help you out.