Department of Medicine/ College of Medicine/ Kirkuk University


Background: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common of all bacterial infections in diabetes mellitus; it affects persons throughout their life spans. The term UTI encompasses a variety of clinical entities ranging from asymptomatic bacteriuria to cystitis, prostatitis and pyelonephritis. Patients and methods: In the present study, 200 diabetic women,100 of them were at active age group(AAG) their ages range from (25-35)years with mean age of 31 years. Another 100 women were post-menopausal (PM) their ages range from (55-75) years with mean age of 64 years. Two hundred non diabetic women were taken as control group and were divided into 100 at AAG and 100 PM. The patients and control groups were attendant of Kirkuk general hospital. Results: UTI was found to be present in 28 out of 100 cases of AAG diabetic women (p value =0.02) while it presents in 25 out of 100 PM diabetic women (p value =0.04). Also this study shows that 13 out of 25 PM diabetic women received insulin for treatment while 7 out of 25 PM diabetic women received oral antidiabetic drugs, and only 5 out of 25 PM diabetic women didn't receive any treatment (p value=0.03). The present findings shows that 14 out of 28 AAG diabetic women received insulin for treatment, while 8 out of 28 of them received oral antidiabetic drugs and only 6 out of 28 AAG diabetic women didn't receive any treatment (p value =0.043) Conclusion: The prevalence of UTI is higher among diabetic patient compared to nondiabetic patient regardless of age .Diabetes treated with insulin is related to substantial increases in the risk of UTI among both age groups included in the present study