Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) are a group of symptoms also referred to as overactive and underactive bladder. LUTS are uncomfortable and can lead to a severe decline in the overall quality of life.
Overactive bladder symptoms include:
Underactive bladder symptoms include:
Incidences of BPH increase significantly as the population ages. Middle-aged men in their forties are the first to suffer from the uncomfortable Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms associated the BPH as 8% of men in their 40’s have histological BPH and 26% suffer from LUTS. However, those figures change significantly as men reach their 60’s as 50% of men in their 60’s are diagnosed with histological BPH with 33% of them suffering from related LUTS. As men continue to age incidences of histological BPH and associated LUTS skyrocket (Table 1).
Table 1. Percentage of the male population suffering from BPH and LUTS
*J. Urol. 2008 April: 179(4); 1243-1256