Bladder problems may be sign of heart disease in men

19 July 2013

Men who require bladder treatments due to a condition called nocturia may have an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, new research suggests.

Nocturia is characterised by the need to get up more than once in the night to urinate and is a sign of an overactive bladder, which affects a significant proportion of men aged 40 and over.

Professor Gary Wittert, from the University of Adelaide in Australia, revealed that nocturia may have broader relevance in relation to other health problems.

He explained: "Nocturia and overactive bladder syndrome are also risk factors for type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

"Our message is: men who are suffering from any of these water-works problems are also likely to be suffering from a range of other health problems that should be looked for and managed."

The team's findings are published in the Journal of Urology and suggest that nocturia may also be associated with conditions such as sleep apnoea, depression, anxiety and obesity.

Lead study author Dr Sean Martin noted that treatment of these underlying issues often enables men to overcome their urinary problems.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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