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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 93-98

Can diet predispose to urinary tract infection ? (an observation study)

Dept. of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

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S P Nayak
Dept. of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
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Objective: To study whether a particular type of diet predisposes to Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Patients and Method: The questionnaire method was used to retrospectively evaluate 61 'Uncomplicated UTI' patients with 'Isolated Infections'. Twenty-six of them volunteered to give the details about their diet. Result: Of the 26 patients, UTI was significantly more common among the people consuming meat more frequently than once a week but not daily (among men P less than 0.02 and women P less than 0.005, by Binomial test). Conclusion: A specific predisposing factor was present in almost half the number of patients who had UTI. Frequent meat consumption appears to be one of them. More research is needed.

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