Obesity raises risk of urinary tract infections

April 27th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, April 27 (IANS) The fatter you are, the greater the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) you carry, researchers say.
The researchers evaluated insurance claims of 95,962 people over a five-year period (from 2002 through 2006) to identify whether obesity is associated with a UTI diagnosis.

The results show that as BMI (body mass index, measure of one’s weight in relation to height) increased, the odds of being diagnosed with a UTI increased as well, according to the American Urological Association (AUA).

“The effect of the obesity epidemic in the US transcends any one medical speciality or condition,” AUA spokesman Anthony Y. Smith said.

“Patients with elevated body mass index should be vigilant about urologic health because even the most simple of urinary tract infections can be deadly if left untreated,” he said.

These findings were presented at the 104th Annual Scientific Meeting of the AUA.

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