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Studies Report Nocturia Was Associated With Risk of Death and Represented a Significant Economic Burden to U.S. Society
Date:6/1/2010

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Nocturia, defined as two or more urinations (voids) per night, may be a more serious condition than widely thought, according to the findings of three new studies. One study suggested nocturia in adults is associated with a significantly increased risk of death, which was even more pronounced in younger adults. Another study reported that risk of death in the elderly was associated with the frequency of night-time urination (voiding). A third study suggested that nocturia represented a significant economic burden to society.  All three studies were presented here at the American Urological Association 2010 Annual Meeting.

A US-based study suggested that the presence of nocturia was a predictor of mortality in both younger adults and the elderly, and more so in younger men and women (under age 65) than in those men and women age 65 and older.  There was also a trend toward increasing mortality risk as the number of night-time urinations (voids) increased.(1)  

A Japanese population-based survey of 788 subjects aged 70 years and older, also reported a significantly increased risk of mortality associated with frequency of night-time urination.(2) This study, presented by Dr. Haruo Nakagawa, was selected as "Best Poster," a distinction given by the moderator of the particular poster session at which it was presented. The third study suggested that nocturia represented a significant economic burden for US society due to decreased work productivity in professionally active adults, and the impact of nocturia on falls in adults age 65 and over.(3)

"Nocturia can negatively impact a person's overall health, due to frequent night-time visits to the bathroom that may result in fatigue as a result of interrupted sleep, as w
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SOURCE Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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