What’s the link between meat and UTIs? I dived into this with an expert guest on a recent Causes or Cures Podcast.
A lot of people who read this blog, I’m sure, eat meat and have no idea that doing so might be linked to getting a urinary tract infection, or what most of you know as a UTI. UTIs are annoying, especially if you get them frequently and are on the antibiotic/yeast cycle, as I call it: Get treated with antibiotics for the UTI (which gets rid of the UTI but wipes out the “good bacteria” along with the “bad bacteria”), and then that leads to a yeast infection, and then you get an antifungal, maybe have a period of relief, and then you get a UTI again! There are several risk factors for UTIs, and we will touch on them in the podcast, but do you eat a lot of meat and struggle with frequent UTIs? It’s not something people intuitively think about, but if that’s you, this podcast episode might be especially interesting.
Dr. Lance Price joins me on this episode to discuss his recent study published in One Health on the link between meat and UTIs. In the podcast, he explains how he conducted the study and break down the more technical stuff so that it is understandable. He discusses the results of his work, antibiotic resistance, the types of meat most significantly linked to UTIs and how eating and preparing these types of meat may lead to UTIs. Then he talks about preventive strategies on the individual level and the population level. ( A reminder that public health interventions are ones that are at the population level!)
Dr. Lance Price is a professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health in Washington DC and the founding director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center. You can learn more about him here.
I really enjoyed this conversation and hope you do too!
Don’t forget to check out other podcast episodes and stuff from the blog below:
Misinformation: The Elephants on the Battlefield– written by yours truly.
Also, my buddy Dr. Karam wrote a piece describing the difference between tactical nukes and strategic nukes.
And then there’s this really informative podcast on genetically modified mosquitoes and gene-drive mosquitoes that has already become one of more popular episodes.
Hope you dive in!