By: Jan Chait
Postmenopausal women who have diabetes and take oral diabetes medications or insulin are more likely to have acute, symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTIs) than women who don’t have diabetes, women who manage their diabetes by lifestyle changes—or even women with untreated diabetes.
Washington state researchers studied 901 postmenopausal women who had reported UTIs and 913 control subjects. Within the month preceding the study, 13.1 percent of those who reported UTIs had diabetes, compared to 6.8 percent of the control subjects. The number of years with diabetes was insignificant, as were the subjects’ A1C levels.
The researchers conclude that an increased risk of UTIs in postmenopausal women is associated with diabetes that is treated with medication.
—Diabetes Care, October 2002