An interesting article was published recently about indoor cold exposure and nocturia, Indoor cold exposure and nocturia: a cross-sectional analysis of the HEIJO-KYO study, Sacki et al. It’s a cross-sectional analysis in which authors investigated nocturia in 1065 home-dwelling elderly volunteers aged ≥60 years. A significant factor related to the prevalence of nocturia was subjects’ ambient daytime indoor temperature. The investigators concluded that a 1 °C decrease in daytime indoor temperature was associated with a higher odds ratio for nocturia. This could be due to cold-induced detrusor overactivity. Of course, nocturia in the elderly is affected by many variables. The idea that the prevalence of nocturia could be reduced by modification of the indoor thermal environment is an interesting concept and makes this article worth highlighting.
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Saeki, K., Obayashi, K. and Kurumatani, N. (2015), Indoor cold exposure and nocturia: a cross-sectional analysis of the HEIJO-KYO study. BJU International. doi: 10.1111/bju.13325
Article by the Publications and Communications Committee