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For some context, please check out my blog posts: E. coliO145 Ban Opposed by Meat IndustryTalking Turkey: 9 out of 10 retail turkey samples contaminated with fecal bacteriaWhy is it Legal to Sell Unsafe Meat?Bugs & Drugs in Pork: Yersinia and Ractopamine, and Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on chicken. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

    • Aguccione

      Dr. Greger,
      Since farm raised chickens are administered copious amounts of antibiotics as a rule, why does this infection persist? Are these super bugs resistant?

      Also, couldn’t a man also get infected and subsequently pass it on sexually to the woman?

      • DrDons

         Resistant bacterial is part of the problem. The food industry isn’t interested in eradicating bacterial infections from the animals but only controlling the infections to maximize growth and their profit. In my experience bacterial infections in the bladder are not generally transmitted as are the sexually transmitted bacterial diseases. So if a women has a UTI(Urinary Tract Infection) she probably won’t give it to a man and vice versa. As Dr. Greger points out there are some hygiene steps to take to prevent UTI’s in women. I would add to his suggestions one other one that was shown in one study to make a significant difference. The days after intercourse women should not delay urinating when they get the urge to go. Women are more susceptible to UTI’s due to the fact that their urethra (the tube between the bladder and the outside world) is shorter and given it’s location it is not uncommon to have bacteria introduced to the bladder during intercourse. The trick is to make sure to minimize the extent that this happens and then not to let the bacteria set up housekeeping by drinking fluids and urinating when you have the urge. Men are less likely to get UTI’s due to length of urethra. The usual path to a bladder infection is  via the urethra but can get to the bladder by other routes. So we can now add avoiding chicken to the list of things patients can do to avoid UTI’s.

  • kerem

    Interesting video as usual..
    The same group published another study last month, I think you’ll find it interesting too..
    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/18/3/11-1099_article.htm
    But I couldn’t find any study that actually measure the relative risk of poultry intake and UTI incidence.:-(

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my blog post E. coliO145 Ban Opposed by Meat Industry!

  • Sylvie Caron

    Hi! Dr. Greger, thanks for these great videos!
    Do you think a UTI on a 5 years old boy would have the same cause?

    • http://www.DonForresterMD.com/ Don Forrester MD

      It would not be likely but possible. When young boys get infections you should work with your child’s physician to identify the type of infection and determine whether further work up is necessary.