Mayo Clinic researchers studying prostate problems in men report in the current issue of the Journal of Urology that as men grow older their bladder function can worsen and the prostate gland may be responsible.
Their findings remind patients and their physicians that urination difficulties in men can be better cared for at early onset. Additionally, the study notes that as men age, the possibility increases that they will experience problems with urination.
“What we know is that many men ignore their symptoms and do not seek assistance with their physician until much later,” said Andrew Rule, M.D., nephrologist and epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic and the lead author of the study. “What happens is men can end up with a bladder not working, perhaps needing a bladder catheter all the time. They also become at increased risk for bladder infections and even kidney failure problems.”
The researchers looked at information in men from two tests: post-void residual and voided volume. The post-void residual test involved men urinating and then having an ultrasound scan to determine how much urine remained in the bladder. The voided volume test measured how much urine men could void with a full bladder.