Inactivity, Sitting Tied to LUTS in Men

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Low physical activity may increase risk of lower urinary tract symptoms in study of Korean men
Low physical activity may increase risk of lower urinary tract symptoms in study of Korean men

(HealthDay News) -- Prolonged sitting time and low physical activity levels are tied to higher incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men, according to a study published online in BJU International.

Heung Jae Park, from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues assessed the association of sitting time and physical activity level with the incidence of LUTS in a cohort of 69,795 Korean men who were free of LUTS at baseline and followed annually or biennially for a mean of 2.6 years.

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The researchers found that the incidence rate of significant LUTS was 39 per 1000 person-years. Both low physical activity level and prolonged sitting time were independently associated with the incidence of LUTS after adjustment for multiple factors. Comparing minimally active and health-enhancing physically active groups to the inactive group, the hazard ratios for incident LUTS were 0.94 (95% confidence interval, 0.89 to 0.99) and 0.93 (95% confidence interval, 0.87 to 0.99), respectively. Comparing 5 to 9 hours/day of sitting time and ≥10 hours/day of sitting time to less than 5 hours/day, the hazard ratios for LUTS were 1.08 (95% confidence interval, 1 to 1.24) and 1.15 (95% confidence interval, 1.06 to 1.24), respectively.

"This result supports the importance of both reducing sitting time and promoting physical activity for preventing LUTS," the authors write.

Reference

Park HJ, Park CH, Chang Y, and Ryu S. Sitting time, physical activity and the risk of lower urinary tract symptoms: a cohort study. BJU Intl. 20 Mar 2018. doi: 10.1111/bju.14147

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