Q. I had never had a urinary tract infection (UTI) until I was 65 years old. Then I had two within a few months of each other.
When I saw the urologist about this unwelcome development, she recommended I take a cranberry tablet each day as well as a spoonful of a powder called D-mannose. This has solved my problem. I have not had another UTI since then, for which I am very thankful.
A. There has not been much research on this combination for preventing urinary tract infections, although other readers have reported success with one or the other of these supplements. A recent pilot study suggests that the combination of cranberry, D-mannose and two probiotics in the Lactobacillus family might alleviate the symptoms of acute cystitis (Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Suppl. 1, Nov-Dec., 2014).
D-mannose is a natural sugar found in fruits like cranberries, apples and peaches, as well as berries. There is some evidence to suggest that D-mannose helps prevent bacteria, especially E. coli, from adhering to cells in the urinary tract.
We are delighted to learn that your doctor was open to this approach and that it worked well for you.
We would love to hear from others about what works (and what has failed) for preventing to treating UTIs. Share your thoughts below.