Voiding dysfunction of women associated with metabolic syndrome

Jae Hun Kim, Bong Suk Shim, Young Sun Hong

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Purpose: The occurrence of coronary artery disease is rising with the recent changes in diet and the westernization of lifestyle. In 1998, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined "metabolic syndrome" as a condition in which all the risk factors of coronary artery disease exist in an elderly individual. We investigated the relationship between metabolic syndrome and voiding difficulty of women. Materials and Methods: In 2004, we investigated 66 female out-patients who visited the endocrinology department and health care center between the months of March and October. We divided the patients into two groups: one which corresponded to the metabolic syndrome criteria (n=42, 56.0 ± 5.6 years old) and one which did not (n=24, 55.7 ± 5.2 years old), and we compared the voiding factors of these two groups. Results: When comparing the components of metabolic syndrome in the patient study group to that in the control study group, the metabolic syndrome patients scored poorly for all the metabolic syndrome components in comparison to the control group (p < 0.05). On comparing the voiding factors of metabolic syndrome patients to that of the control group, the metabolic syndrome patient group scored substantially lower than the control group for all voiding factors (p < 0.05). Conclusions: We proved that metabolic syndrome and voiding difficulty of women were related based on the results of this study. Therefore, performing more active investigation for metabolic syndrome in the patients who are admitted with voiding difficulty, earlier diagnosis of metabolic syndrome would be possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)982-986
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Urology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Metabolic syndrome X
  • Urination disorders


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