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Health promotion and public health
Engaging in physical activity and reducing sedentariness may prevent lower urinary tract symptoms or their progression in men
  1. Shaminder Singh1,
  2. David J T Campbell1,2,3
  1. 1 Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Medicine, University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  3. 3 Department of Cardiac Sciences, University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shaminder Singh, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada; shasingh{at}ucalgary.ca

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Commentary on: Mondul AM, Giovannucci E, Platz EA. A Prospective Study of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Incidence and Progression of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. J Gen Intern Med 2020;35(8):2281–8. Doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05814-1 .

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurse practitioners and physicians should consider prescribing individualised physical activity to patients at risk of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).

  • The impact of different forms of physical activity should be studied prospectively to quantify the benefits of such programmes for those at risk of developing LUTS.

Context

Globally, one in four men experience benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) during their lifetime: non-cancerous overgrowth of tissue around the urethra constricting its opening and resulting in lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), such as increased urinary frequency, difficulty in voiding or incomplete urination.1 Incidence of LUTS increases with age, affecting over half of those over the age of 50 years.2 Extended …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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