Is There a Prevalence of Overactive Bladder in Minorities?

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a Lower Urinary Tract Symptom (LUTS) that affects over 33 million Americans of all ages. The condition is marked by sudden, overwhelming urges to urinate, nocturia (increased urinary frequency at night), urge incontinence and leaking accidents. 

OAB can be caused by several factors, including an infection of the bladder lining, drug side effects, bladder cancer, urinary tract infections (UTIs) or an enlarged prostate, among others. Risk factors for the condition include aging, obstruction of urine flow, inconsistent urination and overall diet.

According to a study of OAB prevalence in the U.S., racial differences in African Americans and Hispanic or Latinos were predictive of OAB in men, but not in women. It’s believed that this connection may stem from genetics, disease-related, behavioral or socioeconomic factors. However, there is no firm evidence supporting a connection between race and prevalence of OAB. 

Studies are constantly being conducted to explore this link further, but doctors know one thing for certain: the effects of OAB can lead to discomfort, emotional distress, anxiety, poor sleep and other quality-of-life issues. 

While OAB is common among older adults, it’s not a normal part of the aging process. For many patients, discussing the symptoms of OAB can be embarrassing. But by putting off doctor visits, you could be suffering in silence, when help is just around the corner. 

Treatment options range from minimally-invasive surgical procedures and medication, to bladder-strengthening exercises and nerve stimulation. It’s also important to note that by making certain intentional, healthy lifestyle choices at home, you can counteract the effects of OAB. These choices include: 

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Regularly exercise
  • Lower caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Stop smoking
  • Manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes
  • Strengthen pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises.

If you’re still suffering from discomfort and OAB-related symptoms after making these changes, seek help from your doctor. Find the advanced treatment and personal care you deserve from a team of urologists you can trust. 

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