Lactulose may help prevent urinary tract infections
This is an interesting editorial that really opens my eyes to something I’ve seen in practice. While I jump at the chance to recommend probiotics as a vaginal douche to help with UTIs or yeast infections, I have had patients whose irritation has resolved with oral probiotic use. This always surprised me; this article suggests that oral probiotics can lower the load of pathogenic bacteria reaching the stool and thereby lower risk of trans-location to the urinary tract. Interesting concept that may have answered this dilemma for me.
bmj.com Battle et al. 323 (7318): 936