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Study: Sleep Apnea Hikes Incontinence

Monday, 10 Sep 2012 11:27 AM




Women with sleep apnea are more likely to have problems with urinary incontinence, according to new research out of Spain.
The findings, presented at a meeting of the European Respiratory Society in Vienna, suggest women who seek treatment for sleep disruptions – typically involving continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy – may also alleviate their symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome.
To reach their conclusions, researchers from the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona tracked 72 female patients referred to a sleep disorders clinic with suspected sleep apnea. They were surveyed about symptoms associated bladder control, urgency and frequency of urination, incontinence, and how often they awakened during the night to use the bathroom.
The results showed that 62 of the women had sleep apnea and they scored significantly higher for symptoms of overactive bladder.
"Overactive bladder has a prevalence of 16 percent among people over 40 years … and it is a difficult condition to live with, affecting a person's quality of life,” said lead researcher Núria Grau. “The findings of this study provide evidence that bladder control could be linked to sleep apnea, although we do not know whether one of the conditions causes the other.
"The next step in our research is to investigate the role of [CPAP] therapy in these patients and its impact on the symptoms of overactive bladder."

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