- Healthcare providers should assess men with LUTS secondary to BPH for gait and balance problems that could adversely affect physical activity, mobility, and risk for falls.
Why this matters
- BPH affects as many as 50% of men worldwide by the time they reach age 50 years, and more than 80% of men by age 80 years.
- Researchers studied men diagnosed with symptomatic BPH (n=43; mean age, 64.6±11.5 years), comparing them with a control group of slightly older men (n=38; mean age, 69.7±6.1 years).
- They analyzed the results of 10-m walking and timed up-and-go tests under increasingly challenging conditions: single-task (ST), dual-task (DT)-motor, and DT-cognitive.
- Funding: University of Jordan.
- The symptomatic BPH group performed worse on tasks demanding increased attentional control:
- Gait parameters under DT-cognitive conditions differed significantly from ST (t=4.590; P<.001 and dt-motor p conditions.>
- Functional balance under DT-cognitive conditions differed significantly from ST (t=4.327; P<.001 and dt-motor p=".007)" conditions.>
- The study was single-center and cross-sectional, with a small sample size.