Elderly men who have urinary tract infections, who have lower urinary tract symptoms, have a higher risk of falling.
Researchers looked at almost 6000 men, 65 years old or older, for risk factors for falls. At the start of the study, 54% of the men had mild symptoms of infection, 39% reported moderate symptoms, and 7% reported severe symptoms.
The researchers found that the number of men who fell was higher among those who had moderate or severe symptoms, compared with those with those with mild symptoms. This is due to the urgency (strong, urgent need to urinate), frequency (frequent need to void) and nocturia (the need to urinate in the middle of the night). Each one of these problems can contribute to fall risks, but to have all three really increases that risk.