Study has revealed that frequent urination may be a sign of hypertension


A recent study presented by a team of researchers at the 83rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society revealed that frequent urination at night which is known as nocturia may be as a result of hypertension and high salt intake.

Nocturia is a condition in which a person frequently wakes up at night to urinate. This might be as a result of high intake of water, bladder obstruction and sleep disorders.

Nocturia may also be a sign of other health conditions such as a tumor of the prostate or bladder, bladder prolapse. Diabetic patients, pregnant women and people who heart failure or liver failure may experience nocturia.

DR Satoshi Konno, the Study Author said “Our study indicates that if you need to urinate in the night – called nocturia – you may have elevated blood pressure and/or excess fluid in your body.”

3,749 residents of Watari town were used as a case study in which they all underwent an annual health check in 2017 and information was gotten about their blood pressure levels and nocturia with the use of questionnaires.

In addition, Konno said that the results didn’t show that there exist a casual relationship between nocturia and hypertension and this might not be applicable to people who live outside Japan.

Konno said “The relationship may be influenced by various factors including lifestyle, salt intake, ethnicity and genetic background.”

According to Dr.Mutsuo Harada, the Conference’s press coordinator, detecting of hypertension early and its management is very important in preventing heart disease.

Barbara Casadei, the European Society of Cardiology’s president said that over one billion people had high blood pressure in the world. He added that “A healthy lifestyle is also advised, including salt restriction, alcohol moderation, healthy eating, regular exercise, weight control, and smoking cessation.”

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