Hematuria and Aging Are Not Always Related 

While hematuria and aging have a very strong connection, this condition can and does after anyone, especially if you do any kind of extreme exercises.

However, much like several other bladder conditions, age is still the single biggest risk factor.

As we all hit the magic 55 year old mark, our body is beginning to slow and wear down, and our bladder is no different.

While most of us may have not heard or really understand the term “hematuria”, we certainly know what it is when we see it.

It is also known as bloody urine, or urine in our blood.

The First Signs of Hematuria and Aging Can be Frightening

When any type of connection with hematuria and aging does appear, it can be extremely stressing and frightening to see any red coloration in our urine.

When we do see any sign of blood, we should see our doctor as soon as possible.

However, in the vast majority of cases it is not serious, if the underlying condition can be identified.

Here are the leading risk factors for this condition.

  • Age—by far and away the leading cause, especially for men
  • Sex—women will also have more bladder issues then men
  • Certain types of medications we may be taking
  • Genetics, having a family history of it

Older men, past the age of 55 lead the list, especially if we have any prostrate issues.

Women are a lot more prone to any kind of bladder infection, simply because of the several years involved with childbirth and their overall anatomy.

A viral or bacterial infection can also trigger this condition, as can several medications.

Any type of anti-inflammatory over the counter drugs such as Aspirin, Aleve, Motrin, and other well-known name pain drugs, can also trigger it.

The Potential Causes

Genetics also may trigger it, as can any type of strenuous exercise.

However, if we jog and are over the age of 55, the connection between hematuria and aging just became very strong.

There are actually two forms of this condition, the one that we can visually see with blood in our urine, and the other where we cannot see it.

The other form is referred to as “microscopic hematuria”, which can only be seen under a microscope by a professional.

There are several potential underlying causes in the connection with hematuria and aging, and here is the first list.

  • Some type of kidney infection
  • Kidney or bladder stones
  • A kidney disease of some type
  • An enlarged prostate in older men
  • A urinary tract infection

A kidney infection, triggered by a bacterial infection, will enter our kidneys and eventually end up in our bladder.

Kidney stones are not only extremely painful; they can also cause blood to appear in our urine.

Bladder stones are generally not nearly as painful, but they can and do cause both forms of this condition.

The Next List of Potential Causes

There are several kidney diseases such as Glomerulonephritis, as well as Vasculitis that can and will affect out blood vessels.

An enlarged prostate in older men is not only painful and impedes urination; it can also cause blood to begin to show up in our urine.

Urinary tract infections, very common in older women, can also cause blood to appear.

Here is the next list of the potential causes in the connection with hematuria and aging, and they include the following.

  • Most all types of cancer
  • Genetics
  • Medications
  • Rough exercises

If we have liver, kidney, or prostate cancer it will only be a matter of time before blood starts to show up in our urine.

However, the bad news and the major reason we need to see our doctor as soon as we see any sign of blood, is that with cancer it may be too late.

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In these types of cancer, once we do see blood in our urine, it may be too late to eliminate it entirely.

If we have a genetic disorder such as Sickle cell anemia, which affects our red blood cells, both forms of blood, visible and invisible, will begin to surface.

While over the counter medications are a risk factor, there are some medications that will definitely trigger blood to start appearing.

This includes Cytoxan as well as penicillin, which definitely cause blood to begin to surface in our urine.

However, another potential cause is “hard exercising,” especially if we are older than 55.

Believe it or not, jogging, while very popular for several of us older than 55, can also be quite dangerous.

Not only will it affect our ankles, it will also begin to affect our bladder.  

There is a lot of new evidence that it can and will cause trauma to our bladder as dehydration will begin to affect our red blood cells.

This will occur as our red blood cells begin to break down and the “bobbing” effects we experience while jogging, affects our bladder.

In Most Cases It Is Not Serious

While the connection with hematuria and aging is very strong, the blood we may be seeing, in most cases, is not considered to be serious.

However, at the first sight of blood in our urine, we should still seek medical attention as soon as we can.

If the underlying cause of it is not serious, there will be no need for any type of treatment.

However, if it is serious, the sooner we find out what the actual cause may be, the sooner we can have it professionally treated.

References

http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/hematuria?article=113   

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