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Study Suggests That Eating Meat Can Lead to Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Chicken, Sex, and UTIs

Because I was a vegetarian through college, I keep a mainly meat free diet but I also think eating less meat is healthier for me and the environment. Now a new study linking meat to urinary tract infections (UTIs) has given me another reason to stay away from factory produced meat.

The good news is that the two-year study did not show that eating meat directly led to UTIs. What the study did show is that E. coli, a harmful bacteria that is commonly found in mass produced meat can travel from the anus to the vagina and urethra during sex, leading to the infection. Even if the bacteria does not cause a major intestinal infection, it can still live in the digestive tract where it can be passed to other parts of the body. The research team study looked specifically at chicken sold in supermarkets and restaurants.

If you want to reduce your risk to the bacteria, follow these guidelines when handling meat. As well, always wash up before and after sex to prevent your risk of infection.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
You're more likely to get a UTI by wiping back-to-front or wearing damp underclothes against your skin than you are from eating meat...just sayin'.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Fallabel, when you were a kid and had an infection, so were you. Think organic if you don't want growth hormones and anti-biotics. :) I like meat, but it is important to handle it properly. I always wash meat before I prepare it, just giving it a rub down in cold water is enough to make me feel safe. I've noticed that chicken "sweats" in it's packaging, and you end up with slime all over it, this harbors those nasty bacteria so any and all meat I cook gets a wash first.
Lauren3185 Lauren3185 7 years
Oh jeez...I feel like these days we're just supposed to be afraid of the world and not eat/drink or do anything. This is ridiculous
Dana18 Dana18 7 years
Read Eating animals by Jonathan Fore. It will Tell you all about how they factory farming is poisoning chickens.
Fallabel Fallabel 7 years
No meat is safe! All of them are full of antibiotics and growth hormones!
chillchic chillchic 7 years
Yikes! And I thought chicken was the safe meat.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
What a disturbing headline!
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