CanPhysical Activity Influence Men Waking Up at Night to Urinate?

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A new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise concluded that men who are physically active are at lower risk of nocturia (waking up at night to urinate). Nocturia is a bothersome lower urinary tract symptom in men and increases with age. It may be related to an enlarged prostate, overproduction of urine, low bladder capacity and sleep disturbances.

Subjects in the study included 28,404 men who had BPH (enlarged prostate ) before enrolling in the study and 4,710 men (incidence group)  who had newly developed BPH. All men were between age 55 and 74 and all were asked about BPH related outcomes including enlarged prostate and PSA levels. nocturia, physical activity and other lifestyle factors.

Men in the incidence group who were physically active one or more hours a week were 13 percent less likely to report nocturia and 34 percent were less likely to report severe nocturiathan men who reported no physical activity. In this study nocturia was defined as waking two or more times a night to urinate and severe nocturia was defined as waking 3 or more times to urinate. Further studies are needed to study physical activity as a symptom management strategy.

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