NEW YORK — Answering nature’s call is an integral part of daily health, but one-third of men over 60 have at least three “close calls” a week. It turns out that urination problems are fairly common for many older men, research shows.
A recent study asked 2,000 American men 60 and older what aspect of their health they’d like to improve. Most chose being in perfect shape (41%), with getting enough sleep (31%) and never having to worry about frequent urination or finding a bathroom in time (24%) following closely behind.
Nearly one in three worry or feel self-conscious about the frequency of their daily urination. Despite the number of men affected, more than a quarter feel like they’re alone in constantly needing the bathroom.
Sometimes, though, men have had to get creative, using a soda bottle in a traffic jam, an empty fabric softener jug, and even a shoe.
Thirty-seven percent often make note of where to find bathrooms before they leave home for a work commute or event. Unfortunately, men still end up interrupting or avoiding certain activities due to the need for frequent bathroom breaks, including road trips (33%), sleep (25%), watching a TV show/movie (25%), and family get-togethers (19%).
More than half of men reported frequently experiencing an urgent need to pee, a weak stream, or waking up at night to go to the bathroom — all common symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Despite these issues, only 27 percent have been diagnosed with the condition.
“While the symptoms discussed in our study are unfortunately familiar to many men over age 60, more than a quarter still expressed feeling alone in their struggle,” says Ronald Morton, chief medical officer and vice president of clinical sciences, Urology and Pelvic Health, Boston Scientific, in a statement.
“The truth is that BPH is an exceedingly common condition, and there are minimally- invasive treatment options available that can safely reduce the size of the prostate and lessen these frustrating and uncomfortable symptoms to help men resume their lives. It’s important for men who are experiencing these symptoms to talk with their doctors about their treatment options.”