BPH is linked to gait and balance problems

  • Al-Yahya E & al.
  • Am J Mens Health
  • 12 May 2019

  • International Clinical Digest
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Takeaway

  • 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.

Study design

  • 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.

Key results

  • 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.>

Limitations

  • The study was single-center and cross-sectional, with a small sample size.