Vitamin D and lower urinary tract symptoms among Us men: Results from the 2005-2006 national health and nutrition examination survey

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  • Objective: To evaluate the association of vitamin D levels and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) among US men. Material and Methods: Data were analyzed for 2387 men (<20 years) who participated in the 2005-2006 cycle of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a cross-sectional survey of the US noninstitutionalized population. LUTS included nocturia, incomplete emptying, hesitancy, and urinary incontinence (UI). Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D was categorized as <30 ng/mL (normal), 20-30 ng/mL (insufficiency), and <20 ng/mL (deficiency). Other factors included age, race/ethnicity, education, body mass index, self-reported health status, chronic diseases, and prior diagnosis of benign prostatic enlargement and/or prostate cancer (men <40 years of age). Prevalence and prevalence odds ratios (POR) were estimated from a multivariable logistic regression analysis using appropriate sampling weights. Results: A majority (89%, n = 1241) had vitamin D levels <30 ng/mL, of whom 55% (n = 684) had vitamin D levels <20 ng/mL. Vitamin D levels ranged from 2-56 ng/mL (median 19 ng/mL, mean ± SD 19.9 ± 8.0). Among the 1388 (58%) men with LUTS data and vitamin D levels, 48% (n = 666) had at least 1 LUTS. In multivariable analyses adjusting for age and race norms, vitamin D deficiency was associated with the presence of moderate-severe UI (POR 1.8, 95% CI 1.1, 3.0) and at least 1 LUTS (POR 1.4, 95% CI 1.0, 2.0). Conclusion: Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency are highly prevalent among adult men in the US, and vitamin D deficiency is associated with moderate-severe UI and the presence of at least 1 LUTS. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.
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  • Urology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Vaughan CP; Johnson TM; Goode PS; Redden DT; Burgio KL; Markland AD
  • Start Page

  • 1292
  • End Page

  • 1297
  • Volume

  • 78
  • Issue

  • 6