Nutrient intake and urinary incontinence in Korean women: A propensity score-matched analysis from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data

To evaluate the relationship between dietary nutrients and female urinary incontinence using nationally representative data from Korea.

We included 8090 women aged >20 years who had participated in the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey IV. We carried out a propensity-matched study by identifying women with urinary incontinence. Women without urinary incontinence, matched for age, body mass index, menopause, delivery history, hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, stroke, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and amount of total food intake, were included as a control group at a 2:1 ratio (661 women with urinary incontinence; 1322 women without urinary incontinence). Data were analyzed using the χ(2) -test, Mann-Whitney test, Fisher's exact test and logistic regression.

Following propensity score matching, 661 women with urinary incontinence and 1322 women without urinary incontinence were included; the confounders were evenly dispersed and did not differ significantly between the groups. There was no significant difference in the intake of water, fat, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, vitamin A, carotene, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C. However, carbohydrate intake was significantly higher in the urinary incontinence group than in the control group (median [interquartile range]: 282.3 g/day [214.7; 352.0] vs 267.7 g/day [212.6; 339.1]; P = 0.041).

High carbohydrate intake seems to be significantly related to female urinary incontinence in the Korean population.

International journal of urology : official journal of the Japanese Urological Association. 2017 Aug 28 [Epub ahead of print]

Jun Ho Lee, Hyo Serk Lee

Department of Urology, National Police Hospital, Seoul, Korea., Department of Urology, Cheil General Hospital and Women's Healthcare Center, Dankook University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

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