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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

A prospective cohort study of 788 Japanese men and women with a mean age of 76 years concluded that there was an increase in mortality associated with night-time frequency of urination, even after adjustments for several factors that could contribute to mortality. The investigators conducted a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, which involved extensive health interviews with urban residents aged 70 years and older in 2003.  Mortality over five years was investigated through the national health insurance system.(2)  The study was supported by a Grant for Research conducted by the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science, from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, with research grants from the Chiyoda Mutual Life Foundation and from the Universe Foundation.

Economic Burden of Nocturia

This study suggested that nocturia might pose a significant economic burden to society because of its association with decreased work productivity in professionally-active people, which is associated with poor sleep. Medical treatment for falls associated with nocturia is an additional cost to society.  Using the Boston Area Community Health (BACH) study, the investigators estimated that 28 million people ages 30 and older in the U.S. regularly suffer from two or more night-time urinations (voids) per night. Impact of nocturia on work productivity was calculated using published data from a population survey of productivity in professionally-active adults with nocturia versus controls.  Based on the investigators' conservative estimate that productivity loss was equivalent to 127 hours per person per year, with an average U.S. wage of $17.38 per hour, they estimated that economic value of the productivity lost in 2008 was $61 billion. In the elderly (those aged 65 and o
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