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Sleep tight. Your mind (and bladder) will benefit.

Bad news: it’s difficult to get a good night’s rest as you age.

Good news: there are things you can do to sleep better.

Sleep is more fitful when you’re 40 and older. You’re more easily awakened by noises and your own aches and pains than when you’re younger, and certain foods, eating times and alcohol can impact sleep as we age. What’s more, recent studies have linked poor sleep to urinary tract issues, including urinary incontinence and nocturia (frequent bladder emptying throughout the night).

Risks of sleep disorders such as restless leg syndrome, insomnia and sleep apnea (a disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is disrupted multiple times while sleeping) also increase.

Whether sleep disorders, other health issues or dietary habits interfere with your ability to get slumber, a good night’s rest is essential for good health!

Sleep helps with:

  • Memory, especially when you’re learning a new skill whether it’s Spanish or playing the guitar. You can reinforce memories or skills learned while you were awake, while you’re asleep (it’s called consolidation).
  • Keeping diabetes at bay, another important reason to clock in the optimal amount of sleep, according to studies from Yale University and the New England Research Institutes. Women who get six hours or less of sleep a night are twice as likely to develop diabetes in their lifetime as those who snooze seven hours. How does sleep relate to diabetes? When you don't get enough sleep, your body appears to require more insulin to maintain normal glucose levels.

Tips for longer, deeper sleep:

  • Stay away from televisions, computers, smartphones before lights out.
  • Hit the sheets at about the same time every night. Studies show that maintaining a regular bedtime and wake-up time will help you sleep better.
  • Moderate coffee drinking even if you don’t think caffeine affects you. Ditto for night caps. Have your drink earlier in the day rather than just before bed.
  • Rest on bed sheets made from linen if you’re affected by night sweats. You may fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and wake up in a better mood after resting on linen bed sheets, a study found. As a natural fiber, linen insulates when it’s cold, cools when it's warm.
  • Try snoozing naked. For starters, it’s helpful to sleep with slighter colder temperatures (60-68º Fahrenheit is optimal). Cooler temps may allow you to fall into a deeper sleep and reduce the times you wake up in the middle of the night.  Sleeping in the buff could also help you lose weight.  As your body cools down at night, our body’s growth hormone rises while cortisol, the hormone that causes stress, dips. When we don’t sleep well, your cortisol level spikes, which can trigger your appetite for sugary foods like ice cream and cookies.  
  • Melatonin might help you fall asleep, but it’s unknown if it will boost sleep quality or sleep time.

We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, but most of us struggle with a quality slumber and it’s critical to our health and well-being. Take steps – counting sheep or otherwise – to make sleep a priority!

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UTIs and Menopause - What's the connection?

53-year old Megan catches up with a former co-worker for lunch...

Megan:

“I have to sit near the bathroom. When I have to pee, it comes on so suddenly. And, do you know I got my first UTI last year too and then bam… suddenly they become the norm for me.”

Greta: “I used to get them all the time when I was young and then they started again when I turned 50. Sam and I were in Bermuda celebrating our anniversary last month and that was my welcome home gift.”

Whether you’re currently going through menopause or have already experienced “the change” this conversation on urinary issues may sound all too familiar. (Whoever named menopause “the change” never mentioned it actually involves a whole LOT of changes!) The hot flashes, weight gain and sleepless nights at the start were probably expected, but the surprises that come later would test any woman’s patience. Surprise, you’re now getting UTIs and the pain, burning and urgency that come with them.

What's happening?

UTIs develop when bacteria (most commonly E. coli) get into the urinary tract and take up residence there. While the bacteria ideally would be washed away in your urine, sometimes this isn’t the case and, instead, they attach to the bladder wall and grow into an infection.

Why?

While UTIs can occur in women of all ages, the risk increases after menopause, even in women who have never had one before. There are several physical changes that occur in women as they age that increase their risk for UTIs.

These include:

  • Decrease in estrogen. This makes the urinary tract susceptible to infection. It can also lead to vaginal atrophy (thinning of the vaginal wall), dryness and inflammation that increase UTI risk.
  • Uterine prolapse. The pelvic floor muscles are stretched so the uterus drops onto the bladder, making urinating more difficult and infrequent.
  • Sexual intercourse. Bacteria around the vaginal area and anus gets pushed into the urinary tract.

Anyone who has experienced a UTI knows it’s not a laughing matter. If left untreated, UTIs can cause more serious issues. It’s important to understand why they are happening so you can take steps to prevent them!

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NEW study highlights efficacy of ellura in reducing Catheter-Associated UTIs(CA-UTIs)

If you or someone you care for has limited mobility, requires a catheter or has a spinal cord injury, the risk of a UTI is substantially higher. A UTI is a complication caused by the bladder not emptying completely which leads to an overgrowth of bacteria in the urine. A new study with catheter-assisted patients has confirmed what our customers already know – ellura offers proven UTI protection!

Physicians from Weill Cornell Medical and Columbia Medical Centre in New York evaluated catheter-assisted patients with a previous history of UTIs to determine the benefits of once daily ellura over the course of 6 months. All patients participating in the study were UTI-free throughout the 6 months and no side effects were reported, further supporting the use of ellura for recurrent UTIs.

The study is a great addition to our already strong portfolio of published clinical evidence that the 36 mg PAC in ellura is a proven alternative to antibiotics for UTI prevention. Other supplements cannot compete when it comes to PAC content and anti-adhesion activity, which is supported by published research and thousands of physicians and customers that have seen for themselves the benefits of ellura!

Want to review the scientific details? See the study highlights below.

Study Highlights:

  • 22 patients with long-term indwelling catheters & recurrent symptomatic CA-UTIs were evaluated.
  • Once daily consumption of ellura containing 36 mg PAC for 6 months.
  • NO UTIs were reported over the 6 months. No side effects noted.
  • 28% reduction of antibiotic resistances was also noted, with the greatest reduction among tetracycline, levofloxacin and cefazolin.

Thomas, D., Chughtai B, et al. Weill Cornell Medicine. Cooper K, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. Jones D, Innovative Senior Center, NY. Can Urol Assoc J 2017;11(11):E421-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.5489/cuaj.4472 

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Dr. Sophie Fletcher, urologist, discusses UTIs                                     

Does ellura really work?

I’ve seen a phenomenal response in patients who are taking ellura to reduce urinary tract infections. There have been studies that prove you need 36 mg PAC to prevent bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall and forming an infection- and only ellura offers that 36 mg PAC. I recommend it to nearly every patient with recurrent UTIs that come see me and I’ve seen hundreds of patients have successful experiences with ellura.

Who should take ellura?

I recommend it to almost all patients who have recurrent UTIs. I also recommend it to patients with catheters, kidney transplant recipients, and people with diabetes, prolapsed bladders and interstitial cystitis(IC). Because it doesn’t interfere with other medications and there aren’t any side effects, ellura is the most effective and safe way to manage recurrent UTIs without antibiotics.

Why not just take an antibiotic?

Bacterial resistance is such a huge issue worldwide for physicians right now. We are constantly trying to avoid antibacterial overuse. If we can present our patients with a natural supplement and keep them off antibiotics, that’s really phenomenal. Some of my patients have been on antibiotics for so long that they’ve developed an immunity to the effects of the antibiotics and are reaching the end of their options for treatment. Patients should be weary of low-dose antibiotics for UTI prevention because you could jeopardize your ability to treat UTIs (and other infections that use the same drug for treatment) in the future.