Study Links Frequent Visits To The Loo At Night to Excessive Salt Intake
. Recommends diet change for people affected
To some people, their use of the toilet two to three times before dawn is just as normal as every other thing, whereas it is unknown to them that that is an indication to a medical condition called nocturia.
As trivial as it appears, doctors have warned that the resulting lack of sleep can lead to stress, irritability and fatigue.
In a recent research conducted by a Japanese team of scientists, it was found that people who regularly need the toilet in the middle of the night, consume too much salt in their meals, whereas a reduced salt intake could remedy the challenge.
The study which was recently presented at the European Society of Urology conference in London, sampled 321 volunteers for three months, suggested that a simple change can ‘significantly improve’ quality of life.
The study author, Dr Matsuo Tomohiro, of Nagasaki University, in a Daily Mail Online report, said: “This is the first study to measure how salt intake affects the frequency of going to the bathroom”.
Tomohiro, noted that nighttime urination is a real problem for many people, especially as they get older, while the study affirmed the possibility that a simple
dietary modification might significantly improve the quality of life for many people.
“The sodium in salt plays a key role in maintaining the correct balance of fluids in tissues and the blood. But if too much salt is consumed, it leads to an increase in the amount of urine the kidneys produce, resulting in a condition known as polyuria – or excessive urination”, he stated.
Thus, to our friends who cannot eat a meal without the sharp taste of salt in it, prevention is better than cure. To be free from polyuria or nocturia, reduce your salt intake.