Weight loss reduces frequency of urinary incontinence.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Obesity (Complications and side effects)
Obesity (Care and treatment)
Obesity (Research)
Urinary incontinence (Risk factors)
Urinary incontinence (Control)
Urinary incontinence (Research)
Weight loss (Health aspects)
Weight loss (Research)
Author: Thompson, June
Pub Date: 04/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: April, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 196729976
Full Text: Losing weight significantly reduces urinary incontinence for women, according to researchers. US researchers assigned 338 overweight and obese women with frequent incontinence randomly to an intensive six-month weight-loss programme including diet, exercise and behaviour modification, or to a control programme consisting of education on weight loss, exercise, and healthy eating. At six months, the intervention group had lost a significantly greater percentage of weight than the control group. In addition, the intervention participants saw a greater drop in average weekly incontinence episodes than the control group. The authors conclude that a decrease in urinary incontinence may be another benefit among the extensive health improvements associated with moderate weight reduction.

Subak L, Wing R, Smith West D, Franklin F, Vittinghoff E, Creasma J, Richter H, Myers D, Burgio K, Gorin A, Macer J, Kusek J, Grady D. Weight loss to treat urinary incontinence in overweight and obese women. New England Journal of Medicine, 2009; 360(5): 481-90.
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