Frequently Peeing At Night Could Be A Symptom Of A Stroke And Heart Attack, Says Study

A study recently took place at a Japanese university that dealt with people getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Apparently, doing so is a sign of high blood pressure and hypertension.

The research was done to study how nocturia, the condition where you urinate frequently at night is connected with high blood pressure. For the purpose of this study, the definition of nocturia was one or two visits to the bathroom at night.

The Division of Hypertension in Tohoku Rosai Hospital in Japan was taking part in the study. The majority of the 3,740 doing people who participated in the study were Japanese. During the monitoring process, it was determined how many times the bathroom was used in the middle of the night for urinating. They also monitored the blood pressure and a number of other items. According to the study, if you have nocturia, you are at a 40% greater risk of getting hypertension.

The co-author of the study, Satoshi Konno had the following to say: “Our study indicates that if you need to urinate in the night … you may have elevated blood pressure and/or excess fluid in your body.”

It is also noteworthy that it was mostly Japanese individuals who took part in the study. Due to their diets, they tend to be more salt sensitive than others. As a result, when they consume salt, it is more likely that their blood pressure rises quickly. “Taken together, these two factors mean that people in Japan are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure.” the study states.

The fact that the Japanese tend to eat more salt compared to people from Western countries was reported in a major paper. It puts them at a higher risk for blood pressure issues than other Europeans who tend to use less salt in their food. The study was presented at the 83rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS 2019). Dr Mutsuo Harada, press coordinator for JCS 2019, said: “The average salt intake in Japan is approximately 10 g/day, which is more than double the average salt intake worldwide (4 g/day).”

He added, “This excessive salt intake is related to our preference for seafood and soy sauce-based food, so salt restriction is difficult to carry out.” In a similar vein, Professor Barbara Casadei from the University of Oxford and president of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) said, “More than one billion people have high blood pressure worldwide. High blood pressure is the leading global cause of premature death, accounting for almost ten million deaths in 2015.”

She added, “ESC guidelines recommend medication to reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. A healthy lifestyle is also advised, including salt restriction, alcohol moderation, healthy eating, regular exercise, weight control, and smoking cessation.” While the researchers have linked Nocturna to greater risk of hypertension, they have also noted that this link is not “causal.” The study states that the findings did not “prove a causal relationship between nocturia and hypertension.”

There may also be other issues that cause the problem, including genetics, ethnicity and lifestyle. Changing the types and frequency of food you include in your diet can cut your risk of hypertension without delay. According to Express UK, the symptom of nocturia is often overlooked as a symptom of high blood pressure. This was reported by Dr. Sarah Brewer, a doctor, nutritionist, and author of over 60 health books.

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Dr. Brewer said: “Studies show that people with nocturne are more likely to have high blood pressure than those who don’t experience passing water at night. In one study involving 610 older people with a raised systolic blood pressure (upper reading, average blood pressure 173/86mmHg), Nocturna was the most frequent complaint, affecting 68 percent of men and women alike. In another study involving 5,257 men aged 20 and over, having hypertension increased the chance of nocturia by 40 percent – a similar increase to that seen for older men with benign prostate enlargement.”

The researchers from Tohoku Rosai Hospital are planning on continuing the studies to have a more clear understanding of the relationship between high blood pressure and nocturia.

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