24 January 2013

Uganda: Men - Watch the Coffee

Many men love their coffee, especially those who spend many hours in the office. If you are one of them, put that cup down and read this first.

Too much coffee is already known to worsen certain conditions like sleep problems and heart palpitations, among others, but there is a potentially more embarrassing condition to think about.

Researchers have found that men who consume about two cups of coffee a day are significantly more likely to have difficulty controlling their bladder than men who take less or no coffee at all.

Urinary incontinence is a condition of a leaky bladder, which could be from a drop to a few drops of urine escaping at a time.

By studying health and consumption data of 5,000 men aged 20 years and above, the researchers established that those who consumed 234 or more miligrammes per day of caffeine were 72% more likely to have moderate to severe urinary incontinence than those who took less.

The findings have been made public in a paper published in the Journal of Urology this month.

"People who are having problems with urinary incontinence should modify their caffeine intake and I think that's part of clinical practice," University of Alabama prof.

Alayne D. Markland explained, while noting that though more research on this link is needed, there was definitely a pointer worth taking note of.

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