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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 23 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1134

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Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men may be related to micronutrients involved in prevention of oxidative damage or cell growth; specifically, it’s been postulated that levels of carotenoids, vitamins A, and vitamin C are inversely associated with total LUTS, voiding, and storage symptoms. A multivariate analysis found that higher dietary intake of carotenoids and vitamin A was associated with a decreased risk of LUTS, but intake of supplemental nutrients was not. High dose supplemental vitamin C was positively associated with LUTS (Journal of Nutrition 2011;141:267-73, doi:10.3945/jn.110.132514).

Hospital admission for infection in infancy—specifically chest and gut infections—is a significant risk factor for …

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