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Lose Weight to Stop Urinary Leakage!! Weight Loss Stops Urinary Leakage« click for printable PDF version

One of the more popular topics among women at the start of each new year is Weight Loss. In the excitement, many people resolve to finally take off those extra pounds that may have accumulated over the years.

Despite all the chatter about weight loss plans and making this the year to get down to their target weight, one topic still remains hush-hush, even among good friends. Even in 2012.

That topic is urinary leakage.

Urinary leakage is a common side-effect of carrying around some excess weight - ranging from a minor annoyance when you laugh to frequent trips to the bathroom.

A recent study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) shows a definite correlation between weight loss and regained bladder control. This means that urinary leakage does not need to be a chronic problem and can be corrected.

That's good news for most, and great news for others!

The study by the folks at NIDDK included 338 obese and overweight women, all of whom leaked urine 10 or more times per week. In other words, people with a pretty serious urinary problem.

In case you are thinking that this is not a common problem, there are 13 million women in the USA alone with weekly urinary incontinence issues, representing up to 25% of all overweight women.

In the NIDDK study, the women were randomly assigned to either an intensive six-month weight-loss program of diet, exercise and behavior modification or to a group that received information about diet and exercise but no training.

Women in the intensive weight-loss group lost an average of 8 percent of their body weight (about 17 pounds) and reduced weekly urinary incontinence episodes by whopping 47 percent.

In contrast, women in the information-only group lost just under 2 percent of their body weight. But even this small amount of weight loss was enough to show a documented 28 percent fewer urinary incontinence episodes.

"Clearly, weight loss can have a significant, positive impact on urinary incontinence, a finding that may help motivate weight loss," said NIDDK director Griffin P. Rodger

Dr. Leslee L. Subak of the University of California at San Francisco, lead author of a similar study completed in 2009, said that weight reduction should be considered a first-line treatment for overweight or obese women suffering from urinary incontinence.

As healthcare practitioners, we join my colleagues in telling you that urinary leakage is a medical concern -- one for which you should seek medical advice.

Regardless of the path you choose, weight loss is a good first step to regaining full bladder

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   - - Yours in health,   The Doctors of WeightWorks

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