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Do you get up to pee in the night? It could be a sign of a killer disease

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Aug 18, 2018, 12:50 pm IST
Updated : Aug 18, 2018, 12:50 pm IST

Well, while it may seem like nothing, getting up to pee in the middle of the night could also be a sign of a deadly disease.

Around one in three adults over the age of 30 say they have to get up in the middle of the night to pee, and that increases to two thirds of adults over the age of 65. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Around one in three adults over the age of 30 say they have to get up in the middle of the night to pee, and that increases to two thirds of adults over the age of 65. (Photo: Pixabay)

Are you one of those people who have to answer nature’s call in the middle of the night?

Well, while it may seem like nothing, getting up to pee in the middle of the night could also be a sign of a deadly disease.

Around one in three adults over the age of 30 say they have to get up in the middle of the night to pee, and that increases to two thirds of adults over the age of 65.

The condition is termed as nocturia and sufferers will often have to use the washroom more than once at night.

It is not just the act of peeing itself, but a disrupted sleep has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, weakened immune systems, heart disease and even some cancers. It can also cause mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and psychosis.

According to professor of urology Philip Van Kerrebroeck while thinking that getting up in the night to go to the toilet is just part of getting older, it is not so.

He added, “Poor sleep can seriously damage your health so people who are getting up several times a night should go to their doctor to see what’s causing it.”

A broken night's sleep can have a wide ranging impact on physical and mental health.

Nocturia can be caused by an overproduction of urine, which can be a symptom for more serious conditions.

Excessive urination, called polyuria, is when you wee more than 2.5 litres per day.

This can happen because you are drinking excessive amounts of fluid, or it could be a symptom of something far more serious - type 2 diabetes.

It can also be a sign of a bladder infection, kidney stones, kidney failure and an enlarged prostate in men.

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