Why are the elderly more likely to develop overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Aging does not cause overactive bladder, but it does increase the risk for bladder control problems. About half of elderly people who are housebound or in nursing homes may be affected by overactive bladder (OB). Elderly women with a history of diabetes or who have had a hysterectomy have a greater likelihood. Also, elderly women who have had two or more urinary tract infections within the past year are at higher risk. Elderly men have lower OB risks. Prostate issues and the related treatments are thought to be the leading factors responsible.

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