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Frequent Urination at Night Linked to Raised Death Risk
Date:5/30/2010

ality in younger adults "suggests that nocturia may be a marker or warning sign for subclinical disease or for the impending development of chronic disease." He added that the higher mortality risk in older adults may also be partly due to falls and fractures that occur when people get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

The second study, by researchers at Tohoku University School of Medicine in Sendai, Japan, examined a group of elderly residents living in an urban district of north Japan and resulted in findings similar to the U.S. study. After conducting extensive health assessments of 788 men and women aged 70 and older, and then tracking mortality data on them for five years, Dr. Haruo Nakagawa and colleagues found a significantly increased risk of mortality associated with frequency of nighttime urination, even after adjusting for several factors that could contribute to mortality. They also found that the more times a person got up to urinate at night, the higher the risk of mortality.

"Both of these studies are showing a connection between nocturia and mortality, and now the next step is to try to identify what the underlying factors are that are causing this association," said Dr. Tomas L. Griebling, vice chair of the department of urology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City.

In the meantime, said Griebling, the message for patients is "don't be alarmed if you're getting up two or three times a night. It doesn't mean you're going to die. But it is something you should tell your health care provider about, because it may be due to an underlying health condition."

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For more on nocturia, go to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



SOURCES: Varant Kupelian, Ph.D., research scientist, New England Research Institutes, Waterto
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