While nocturia and poor sleep quality have been linked to such daytime problems as difficulty concentrating, a general lack of energy and irritability or impulsive behaviors, three new studies presented at the 113th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) are proving poor sleep quality can lead to serious health risks.
During a joint press conference at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA, May 20 at 9:00 a.m. (PT), researchers will share data highlighting their association between poor sleep quality, nocturia, low testosterone, erectile function, elevated body mass index (BMI) and even death.
Nocturia is a common complaint among aging men and is when a patient wakes up two or more times each night to urinate.
While nocturia is known to be associated with an increased risk of falls, it is less clear if nocturia correlates with long-term overall health or a higher risk of death.
Researchers from around the country conducted a study using data from the REDUCE, a four year study to reduce the incidence of prostate cancer in men who are at increased risk. Cox proportional hazards models were used to test the association between nocturia (modeled per 1-unit increase in episodes on a continuous scale 0-5) and risk of death in nearly 7,700 men.
Multivariable models were adjusted for age, treatment arm, body mass index, coronary artery disease, diabetes, geographic region, and race. Secondary analysis adjusted for IPSS score and a validated sleep survey.
Patients were asked about comorbidities, smoking and shift work status, BMI, as well as daily caffeine and medication use.
Researchers assessed the relationship between sleep and erectile function while controlling for age, BMI, burden of comorbidity, testosterone and PDE5 inhibitor use.
Caffeine, melatonin, and other sleep medication use, CPAP use, shift work, smoking, depression status and antidepressant use were also assessed.
“These studies point to some very alarming consequences for men with impaired sleep habits,” said Dr. Köhler. “Men should be aware that a commitment to improving one’s sleep habits could lead to improved erectile function along with a host of many other established health benefits that accompany a good night’s sleep.” Find out more at www.AUAnet.org.
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