Treating Overactive Bladder May Reduce Fall Risk in Elderly

Treating Overactive Bladder May Reduce Fall Risk in Elderly
Treating Overactive Bladder May Reduce Fall Risk in Elderly

A new study has shown that treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) may lead to less falls among older adults. These findings were presented at the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA).

In the study, researchers evaluated Medicare claims data from 2006–2009 for patients with an OAB diagnosis (n=32,587); the average age was 77.7 years. Medical histories were reviewed one year before and two years post-diagnosis to determine the link between OAB and falls, as well as the protective effects of OAB treatment on the risk of falls.

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Data showed patients with an OAB diagnosis had a greater risk of falling vs. those without OAB (10.2% vs. 5.3%). Patients with OAB were had higher incidences of chronic disease or conditions vs. those without OAB. Overall, an OAB diagnosis was linked with a 40% increased risk of falling. However, OAB treatment lowered the risk of falling vs. those who did not receive treatment.

The study supports the association between OAB and falls in older adults and further highlights the importance in detecting and treating this condition, researchers concluded.

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