What Frequent Urination at Night May Mean

Do you visit the bathroom two or more times a night? Here's something to consider: a checkup.

Frequent urination at night can increase with age -- and quite often it's nothing to worry about. But a study suggests it may be best to rule out any potential underlying problems. In the study, extra nighttime trips were linked to possible health issues.

A Sign of Something Serious?
In the study, men and women age 70 and older who got up twice or more a night to urinate had a higher mortality rate in the coming 3 years compared with the people who visited the latrine just once nightly. And the researchers suspect that, for some, frequent urination at night could be a sign of underlying health issues that need to be addressed, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, kidney problems, or urinary tract infections. The good news? All of these problems are treatable. 

Don't Panic
Frequent urination at night could -- and probably do -- mean nothing for the majority of folks. So don't panic if this sounds at all familiar. Just be sure to bring it up at your yearly doctor exam.