Even Small Amount Helps
Overweight and obese women who lose a modest amount of weight can significantly reduce episodes of urinary incontinence, according to a new study published in the August issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Women who followed an intensive six month behavioral weight loss program followed immediately by a 12-month maintenance program and lost between 5 and 10 percent of their body weight had experienced a 70 percent or more reduction in frequency of urinary incontinence episodes. In addition, 75 percent of women expressed satisfaction with urine leakage changes and urge frequency. “The broad range of health benefits achieved with weight reduction strongly supports consideration of this approach,” writes Rena R. Wing PhD of Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island who conducted the study.