Unveiling the Link Between Financial Strain and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

The association between financial strain and lower urinary tract symptoms LUTS and impact is caused by a lack of health care utilization and comorbidities, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. LUTS such as urinary incontinence (UI), nocturia, frequent urination, or difficulties with bladder emptying often adversely impact quality of life and increase the risks of depression and anxiety. Data has indicated the risk of LUTS is increased by social determinants of health (SDOH) such as housing insecurity, food insecurity, financial insecurity, difficulty finding employment, and unreliable transportation. Read more.

Source: Contemporary OB/GYN, January 19, 2024

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Prevalence of Urological Complications Among People Who Have Type 1 Diabetes

Major complications of type 1 diabetes include retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, and cardiovascular disease. Other complications that are less studied are urological conditions. Urological complications can be severe for people who have type 1 diabetes.  Some complications include sexual dysfunction, urinary tract infections, lower urinary tract symptoms, and urinary incontinence. Quality of life is a major concern with urological conditions and can negatively affect a person’s health. In addition, these issues are associated with higher A1C levels. The Urologic Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (UroEDIC) was established to study these complications. Read more.

Source: Diabetes in Control, December 22, 2018

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New Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) Classification for Women Proposed

Women seeking care for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) cluster into 4 distinct symptom groups that differ from conventional clinical diagnostic groups, investigators concluded.  A team led by Victor P. Andreev, PhD, of Arbor Research Collaborative for Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan, conducted a cluster analysis using baseline urinary symptoms questionnaire data from 545 care-seeking women enrolled in the Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN) Observational Cohort Study. They identified 4 clusters (F1 through F4). Women in cluster F1 did not report incontinence but experienced post-void dribbling, frequency, and voiding symptoms. Women in cluster F2 reported urgency incontinence as well as urgency and frequency and very minimal voiding symptoms or stress incontinence. Women in cluster F3 reported all types of incontinence, urgency, frequency, and very mild voiding symptoms. Women in cluster 4 report all LUTS at uniformly high levels. Read more.

Source: Renal & Urology News, July 23, 2018