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Depression and Sleep Problems Linked to Urologic Conditions

Based on the questionnaire results, over half the men were at risk for sleep apnea. About 39% met the criteria for mild to severe depression. Rates for insomnia and sleepiness were lower, but still concerning – 18% and 17% respectively.

Men who were older or overweight were at higher risk for depression and sleep disorders. The same was true for men with low testosterone levels and men who had lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS – problems with urination that affect many men with an enlarged prostate).

Urologists should ask men if they are feeling depressed or having difficulty sleeping, the authors said.

The study was published in August in the International Journal of Impotence Research.


International Journal of Impotence Research

Walia, Arman S., et al.

“Patients presenting to a Men’s Health clinic are at higher risk for depression, insomnia, and sleep apnea”

(Abstract. Published: August 31, 2018)

Medical News Today

Paddock, Catharine, PhD

“Urologic conditions lead to depression, sleep issues in men”

(September 4, 2018)

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