Coffee Drinking Linked To Urinary Incontinence In Men, Study Suggests

18/01/2013 10:58
  • Sarah O'Meara Former Lifestyle Editor of The Huffington Post UK

Consuming just two cups of coffee per day could have an negative impact on men's bladder control, American researchers have found.

A study by the University of Alabama concluded that caffeine consumption equivalent to approximately two cups of coffee per day (250mg) positively correlated with higher levels of urinary incontinence in US men.

After examining national survey results about the food and drink consumption of 5,000 men over the age of 20, the researchers noted that individuals whose intake tipped the 234 mg per day mark were "significantly associated" with having moderate to severe incontinence.

What's In Your Cup?

  • 1 mug of instant coffee: 100mg
  • 1 mug of filter coffee: 140mg
  • 1 mug of tea: 75mg
  • 1 can of cola: 40mg
  • 1 can of energy drink: up to 80mg
  • 1 50g bar of plain chocolate: up to 50mg
  • 1 50g bar of milk chocolate: up to 25mg

Source: NHS

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