What Nighttime Bathroom Trips May Mean

Read Transcript

Hi, I'm Barbara Ficarra. Do you go to the bathroom two or more times a night, you might want to consider a checkup. Nighttime trips can increase with age, many times it's nothing to worry about. But one study suggests, it might be best to rule out any potential problems or health issues. In the study, people aged 70 and older who got up twice or more a night to urinate had a higher mortality rate in the following three years compared to peers who only had one midnight bathroom break.

Researchers suspect that for some individuals frequent urination could be connected to an underlying issue such as diabetes, sleep apnea, kidney problems or urinary tract infections. The good news is that all of these problems are treatable. Frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom mean nothing to the majority of folks, so don't panic if it sounds familiar, just be sure to bring it up at your next doctor exam.

For more ways to protect your health, watch and share all our smart tips, right here.