A new study finds that patients with metabolic syndrome may be at greater risk of lower urinary tract symptoms, while another study finds that weight loss surgery could reduce the occurrence of such problems.
Researchers have linked metabolic syndrome to increased risk of lower urinary tract symptoms, but they found that weight loss surgery may lower this risk.
Metabolic syndrome affects around 34% of adults in the US, putting them at higher risk of stroke, heart attack, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, among other conditions.
But these latest studies – published in the journal BJU International – have also associated metabolic syndrome with lower urinary tract symptoms, such as urinary frequency and urgency, bladder leakage, increased urge to urinate at night and incomplete emptying of the bladder.
In the first study, Dr. François Desgrandchamps and his colleagues, of Saint-Louis Hospital in France, analyzed data of 4,666 men aged 55-100 years who visited their doctor during a 12-day period in 2009.
Of these men, 51.5% had metabolic syndrome and 47% were treated for lower urinary tract symptoms.
The team found that lower urinary tract symptoms were more common among men with metabolic syndrome, and the more metabolic risk factors patients had, the more likely they were to be treated for such symptoms. Furthermore, urinary tract symptoms appeared to be more severe among patients with metabolic syndrome.
The researchers say their findings suggest a “significant link” between metabolic syndrome and lower urinary tract symptoms, adding: