In men over 50, urinary tract diseases are associated with the risk of death

THE ESSENTIAL

  • A 40% increased risk of death was observed in men with frequent daytime urination, nocturia (need to urinate at night) or various types of incontinence.
  • Mild urinary tract diseases, on the other hand, are not associated with an increased risk of mortality.

“The consideration of urinary tract diseases in men as risk factors for mortality is still unclear”, said researchers from the University of Tampere in Finland. For this reason, they decided to conduct a study to find out whether urinary tract symptoms are associated with a risk of death in men by assessing the association between clinical symptom severity and discomfort with mortality.

For the needs of the works published in the magazine The Journal of Urology On April 26, scientists examined data from a cohort of 3,143 Finns aged 50, 60 and 70 when they enrolled in the 1994 study. The authors also used a new analysis that included information on 1,167 men who were followed up to the end of 2018. They examined urinary tract symptoms such as incontinence, urinary leakage, frequent urination in the participants.

Moderate and severe urinary symptoms are ‘good indicators of ill health’

According to the results, approximately half (50.6%) of the subjects died during this 24-year follow-up period. “In analyzes of moderate and severe signs, all urinary symptoms, regardless of complaints, were associated with increased mortality.”

The analysis of mild urinary tract diseases showed no increased risk of mortality. “For clinicians, research shows that moderate and severe urinary tract disorders in men are generally good indicators of poor health, while mild urinary tract disorders can be considered a normal part of aging. healthy”, the researchers said in a statement.

According to the scientists, this association between urinary tract disease and mortality in men over 50 suggests that urinary urgency has a significant impact on the health and functional status of aging men, possibly reflecting the impact of long-term neurological and vascular disease.

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