Bladder Problems Related to Inactivity in Middle-Aged Males

A Korean study has suggested that men who do not lead an active lifestyle for the most part of the day are more prone to the development of urinary tract and bladder complications as compared to their more mobile counterparts.

Sitting around all day has always featured a number of physical deficiencies in an individual, and this latest discovery is just an additional inclusion to the long list of adverse effects that have been identified so far.

The researchers conducted this study via the assistance of over 69, 000 men with an average age of 40 years, who filled out questionnaires related to the topic at hand in a bid to determine various factors that could play a role in the development of bladder complications. The questions addressed included a variety of issues such as the severity of the symptoms they were experiencing with regard to matters such as leakage, voiding difficulties, sleep disruptions connected to the need to urinate, and the frequency of their urination activities. Related factors such as the activity levels experienced in their everyday life and their sedentary moments were also included in this collection draft.

Bladder Control and Physical Activity

Over 9000 candidates involved in the research exhibited signs of fewer bladder complications after a period of just over two and a half years as reported by the analysts conducting the study. It was noted that participants who took part in even marginal exercise endeavors experienced a 6% less likelihood of contracting a urinary tract infection, while individuals who featured an active lifestyle in their daily routine showed even better odds at an enhanced 7%. It was also discovered that men who spent more of their time in a sedentary state were more likely to contract bladder problems, as compared to men who spent less than five hours a day sitting. Candidates who spent 10 hours and above in a seated position increased their odds of infection by 15%, while those who spent between five and ten hours a day sitting experienced an 8% chance of acquiring the same.

Active Lifestyle Preventative Measures 

Dr. Seungho Ryu from the Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine stated that these results suggested that the combination of an active lifestyle and fewer hours spent sitting down could lower the risk present of contracting a urinary tract infection. As such, physical activity is something that should be vigorously promoted, especially amongst candidates located in the upper echelons of the existing age brackets. It should be noted that the issue of inactivity still played a role in the development of bladder complications even after the inclusion of unrelated risk factors such as diabetes and obesity just to name a few. This means that individuals cannot ignore the fact that an inactive lifestyle contributes to the emergence of such conditions, no matter the state of other external elements connected to this matter.

Some of the limitations of the study that were identified by the researchers included a failure to indicate the kind of sedentary activities that took places such as commuting, working or leisure.