A recent study showed that physically active men are at lower risk of nocturia, waking up at night to urinate.
Nocturia, also called nycturia, is defined by the International Continence Society (ICS) as "the complaint that the individual has to wake at night one or more times to urinate."
This is probably the most troubling lower urinary tract symptom commonly seen in men. It can be due to an enlarged prostate known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in which the enlarged prostate squeezes down on the urethra.
Led by researcher Kate Wolin of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, the study analysed data from 28,404 men who had BPH outcomes as compared to 4,710 men who had newly developed BPH. Men who were in the age group of 55-75 for the ongoing clinical trial called the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial (PLCO).
Wolin's report showed that the men who had recently developed BPH and were physically active one or more hours per week were 13 per cent less likely to report nocturia and 34 per cent less likely to report severe nocturia than men who reported no physical activity.
Other studies have also suggested that improved sleep, a fitter body and a healthier lifestyle can help lower systemic inflammation related to nocturia, the findings reiterate healthy life habits.
Researcher Kate Wolin in a release said, "Combined with other management strategies, physical activity may provide a strategy for the management of BPH-related outcomes, particularly nocturia."
The findings of this study was published in the online journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise