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Caffeine Could be Linked to Bladder Issues in Men

A recent survey of 4,000 men, from 2005 to 2008, showed that those who drank the most caffeine were more likely to have bladder leakage.

After adjustments were made for the men’s age and risk factors, the researchers found men who ate or drank 234 milligrams or more of caffeine a day were 72 percent more likely to report moderate to severe urinary incontinence. (On average, 125 milligrams can be found in a cup of coffee.)

Dr. Alayne Markland, the study's senior author from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, believes incontinence is not a matter of how much fluid a person takes in. Similar studies in women have suggested caffeine irritates the bladder.

"Although we didn't prove that in the study, that condition has been documented in women and we may need further evaluation in men," Dr. Markland said in an interview with Reuters Health.

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