ATLANTA—Men and women with overactive bladder (OAB) are significantly less likely to achieve recommended physical activity levels than those with no or minimal symptoms (NMS) of OAB, according to a poster presentation at the American Urological Association 2012 annual meeting.

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Based on responses to an Internet survey conducted in June 2010, Karin S. Coyne, PhD, MPH, of United BioSource Corporation in Chevy Chase, Md., and colleagues compared 2,323 individuals with OAB (818 men and 1,505 women) and 3,472 with NMS.

OAB sufferers were significantly more likely to have a higher body mass index compared with NMS subjects. They also were significantly less likely to report moderate and vigorous physical activity levels compared with subjects with NMS (42.5% vs. 52.5% and 30.6% vs.43.9%, respectively).

The mean hours of time spent sitting were significant higher for both men and women with OAB (mean 7.5 hours for both) than for men and women with NMS (mean 6.6 and 6.9 hours, respectively), according to investigator Tamara Bavendam,, MD, who presented study findings.

“More research is needed to further evaluate the relationship of OAB with physical activity and health status,” the authors concluded. “Longitudinal studies that assess physical activity based on contemporary guidelines and include assessments of comorbid conditions would offer the most useful information.”