Dr. Hawes Addresses New Study on Cranberry Supplements and UTIs

Dr. Lisa Hawes, Urologist and Women's Urologic Health Specialist, Advises on Cranberry Supplements for Urinary Tract Infections


Lisa HawesDr. Lisa Hawes was quoted in Prevention magazine’s December 2, 2016 issue, in an article discussing a recent study on cranberry supplements and urinary tract infections. The study results were recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Read the article in Prevention magazine and see what Dr. Hawes has to say about the effectiveness of cranberries in fighting urinary tract infections (UTIs):



There's New Research About UTIs And Cranberries, But It's Not What You Expect

By NORA HORVATH, Prevention

If you've ever been unlucky enough to have a urinary tract infection, you've also probably been told that the best way to prevent them is to drink cranberry juice. The idea behind this popular home remedy is that the active ingredient in cranberries, A-type proanthocyanidins, can prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. Researchers have long been divided on the validity of these claims, but a study and accompanying editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this month may bring some clarity... 

...Not all urologists are convinced that this is the final word on cranberries. "They proved that supplements did not help with white blood cells or bacteria in the urine in an elderly population," says Lisa Hawes, MD, a spokesperson for the American Urological Association who practices in Fulton, Maryland. "But you can't say it's useless for all, because they haven't proved that." She stresses that since the study didn't focus on patients with recurring infections and didn't include younger women, it would be a leap of faith to assume cranberries never work.

Plus, Hawes says, there can be causes of bacteria and white blood cells in urine other than UTIs. "Sometimes white blood cells are in urine because of inflammation, not infection," she says, "and a lot of older women have bacteria and no symptoms."

Read the entire article here.