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Dangers of UTI in the elderly

UTI Issues and Seniors

Younger people may perceive urinary tract infections (UTIs) as a nuisance, but for the elderly, it can be a serious condition with unexpected symptoms.  It is important to seek medical attention promptly.

The urinary system is the body’s drainage system for removing wastes and extra water. It includes two kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, and a urethra. UTIs are the second most common type of infection in the body.

In some elderly people, mental changes and confusion may be the only signs of a UTI. Older adults with a UTI are more likely to be tired, shaky, and weak or have muscle aches and abdominal pain.

Many things can affect bladder health. We can’t control everything that affects bladder health, but there are many bladder health behaviors that can be controlled. Here are some things that may affect bladder health.

  • Diabetes
  • Being Overweight
  • Low Physical Activity
  • Some Medicines

Getting a UTI diagnosed and treated quickly in the elderly is essential otherwise there can be serious consequences.