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Reduced salt intake ‘could help address night-time urination’

27th March 2017

New research has indicated that the need to urinate frequently during the night could be addressed simply by cutting the amount of salt in a person's diet.

Led by Nagasaki University, the research studied salt intake in a group of 321 men and women who had a high salt intake and problems sleeping. The study group were Japanese, a population that tends to have a higher-than-average salt intake.

It was shown that 223 members of the group were able to reduce their salt intake from 10.7 gm per day to 8.0 gm per day, with their average night-time frequency of urination dropping from 2.3 times to 1.4 times per night. Similar benefits were also seen during the day.

By contrast, 98 subjects increased their average daily salt intake from 9.6 gm to 11 gm, with their need to urinate increasing from 2.3 times to 2.7 times per night.

The report also indicated that reducing the need to go to the bathroom at night led to a marked improvement in the quality of life of the participants.

Dr Matsuo Tomohiro from Nagasaki University said: "Night-time urination is a real problem for many people, especially as they get older. This work holds out the possibility that a simple dietary modification might significantly improve the quality of life for many people."

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