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Sitting and inactivity may increase risk of urinary tract symptoms

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Prolonged sitting time and low physical activity levels are linked with the development of lower urinary tract symptoms, according to researchers from South Korea.

They found that, in a multivariable‐adjusted model, both low physical activity level and prolonged sitting time were independently associated with the incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms.

“The results support the importance of both reducing sitting time and promoting physical activity”

Heung Jae Park

Their findings, published in the journal BJU International, involved a large sample of 69,795 middle-aged Korean men. The men were free of symptoms at baseline and were followed up annually or biennially for a mean of 2.6 years.

The incidence rate of lower urinary tract symptoms was 39 per 1,000 person-years – defined as the number of years of follow-up multiplied by the number of people in the study.

The researchers said the hazard ratios for incident symptoms comparing minimally active and health‐enhancing physically active groups versus the inactive group were 0.94 and 0.93, respectively.

In the journal paper, the study authors stated: “Prolonged sitting time and low physical activity levels were positively associated with the development of lower urinary tract symptoms.”

Lead author Dr Heung Jae Park said: “The results support the importance of both reducing sitting time and promoting physical activity for preventing lower urinary tract symptoms.”

“Further studies are still needed to examine the influence of sedentary behaviours on lower urinary tract symptoms and its determinants,” added senior author Dr Seungho Ryu.

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  • How is this big news? This was something I was taught in my training. Next there will be an article on 'sitting and inactivity exacerbates the risk of pressure sores'.

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