In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers found that cranberry products were not shown to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). The study consolidated the data from 13 previous studies evaluating the efficacy of cranberry products in populations like women with recurrent UTIs, pregnant women, and the elderly. Cranberry products such as the juice, tablets, capsules, and syrup did not do better compared with placebo or no treatment. The authors did note however that low adherence occurred with the cranberry products (especially the juice) and the amount of active ingredient taken was not known. How often do you recommend cranberry products? What are your thoughts about study results? What counseling points would you offer to a patient seeking cranberry products?
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