Dementia: Brain decline may be linked to higher incidence rates of urinary tract infection

“It is also important to be aware that any infection could speed up the progression of dementia and so all infections should be identified and treated quickly,” explains the Alzheimer’s Society.

Indeed, when bacteria enter the bloodstream, they cause low-grade inflammation inside the body.

To avoid such risks, the health platform recommends drinking between six to eight glasses of fluid a day.

Urine should never be held in the bladder for too long either, so patients with dementia should be prompted to go to the toilet where possible.

Although UTIs are more likely to occur in the advanced stages of dementia, changes in urine odour may occur years before the onset of symptoms. These, however, may not be noticeable to the human nose.

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