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Sitting down to urinate can be healthier for men, especially as they age

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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 30th May 2023 13:22
Sitting down to urinate can be healthier for men, especially as they age, according to recent research. The study suggests that sitting down could make it easier for the bladder to empty faster and more completely.

Research conducted by YouGov found that a significant majority of men around the world prefer to stand while urinating. However, some doctors argue that men should consider the potential benefits of sitting down to pee rather than dismissing it. In countries like Germany and Japan, there has been a growing trend of men opting to sit down.

Hygiene concerns also play a role in this shift. In Germany, there are signs in public restrooms encouraging men to sit down to urinate, as standing is seen as antisocial behavior. Furthermore, a study conducted by Dutch researchers at Leiden University Medical Centre suggests that sitting down can help the bladder empty more effectively.

Consultant urological surgeon Gerald Collins explains that sitting down to urinate can be particularly beneficial for men as they age, due to a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH, which affects the majority of men over time, occurs when the prostate gland and surrounding tissue expand, obstructing the urethra. This can lead to difficulties in urination and various complications. Sitting down can help alleviate some of these issues.

However, urologists advise men experiencing consistent urination problems to seek medical attention, as it could be a symptom of an underlying condition, including prostate cancer.

In conclusion, sitting down to urinate may have several advantages for men, especially as they age and face conditions like BPH. While cultural norms and personal preferences may influence individual choices, understanding the potential benefits can encourage men to consider sitting down as a healthier option.
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