Study shows improved weight only moderate loss of female urinary incontinence

Even a moderate amount of weight loss can go a long way to relieve the symptoms of female urinary incontinence in obese women.

A 2009 study by the University of California, San Francisco showed that 47% women who lost a less than eight percent of their body weight on average experienced episodes of both stress incontinence and urge incontinence, which see some fall the number of incontinence episodes by a staggering 70%.

The study results, which was reported in the New England Journal of medicine showed that the reduction of urinary incontinence among the main benefits of moderate weight loss in significantly obese women can be viewed.

The study involved a group of 338 overweight and obese women between 45 and 60 years ago, the experienced all at least 10 episodes of urinary incontinence per week. Participants were from an intensive six month weight loss program has been set, the nutrition, movement divided into two groups and life-style changes include.

The other group of participants do not take part in a structured weight loss program, but educational classes on the importance of weight loss, incontinence management were given.

At the end of the six months, participants in the weight-loss Group had on average dropped eight percent of their body weight while the control group showed an average weight loss of just over one percent.
Episodes of urinary incontinence fell in both groups during the study period, but the difference between the groups was striking. The weight-loss group reported average 47% fewer episodes, while the control group reported 28% fewer episodes. The weight-loss group showed a clinically important decrease in the number of episodes of all types of incontinence, the researchers said, but episodes of stress urinary incontinence showed the dramatic reduction.

Stress urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine by seemingly inconsequential actions such as sneezing, coughing or laughing or by movement such as exercise or lift caused, is one of the most common female health problems in the United States. More than 13 million women experience stress urinary incontinence and it is estimated, that one of three women to experience it at some point.

The condition caused weakness in the pelvic floor muscles, including the sphincter, entered from the bladder. Weakness in these muscles can be caused by a number of factors, including pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, certain medical procedures (in particular, hysterectomies) and some medications.

Obesity definitely tightened female incontinence due to additional weight on the abdomen and the pelvis muscles work extra hard to the ground. Obesity can actually be a causal factor in female urinary incontinence.