Almost every woman talks about weight loss and many make new year’s resolutions to lose weight.
Being overweight comes with many side-effects, one of which is a slight loss of bladder control. Urinary leakage in women, as common as it is, is a hush-hush topic that nobody talks about.
As you think about new year’s resolutions this year, add regaining bladder control to the list of positive benefits of (and reasons for) losing some of that excess weight.
A recent study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) shows a correlation between weight loss and regained bladder control. That’s good news!
Their study covered 338 obese and overweight women and started with participants who leaked urine at least 10 times per week.
The women were split into two groups – those who lost weight (on average 17 lbs) reported a whopping 47% decrease in their weekly urinary incontinence episodes.
Even the non-weight loss group, was given training and medical information to improve bladder control, but were only able to reach a 28% improvement.
“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
Although you might be reluctant to think about it, there are 13 million women in the USA alone with weekly urinary incontinence issues – ranging from a minor annoyance when you laugh to frequent trips to the bathroom.
This year, make bladder control a new year’s benefit – one to be captured by weight loss.
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Read a summary of the full research report here