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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Overactive Bladder Linked to Multiple Unmet Socioeconomic Needs

Unmet socioeconomic needs had a significant association with overactive bladder (OAB), adding to evidence of a complex interaction between social determinants of health and OAB, researchers said. Stressors such as housing and food insecurity and concerns about personal health as much as tripled the odds of reported OAB symptoms. The stressors remained significant predictors for OAB after adjustment for multiple demographic and medical factors. Unmet socioeconomic needs had a stronger association with OAB with urge urinary incontinence (UUI, “wet” OAB), reported Elisabeth M. Sebesta, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and co-authors in the Journal of Urology. Read more.

Source: MedPage Today, December 1, 2022