Findings recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society show another reason to keep going to the gym. After following over a thousand women after menopause, they found that a 5% drop in BMI resulted in a 50% reduction in symptoms related to stress urinary incontinence.
Improved grip strength also was associated with less symptoms of incontinence.
Stress incontinence refers to loss of urine when there’s pressure on the bladder from lifting, coughing, sneezing, or exercise. Involuntary leakage of urine preceded by a sense of urgency, referred to as Urge incontinence, wasn’t impacted by improved physical health.
All women who find their incontinence bothersome, whether stress or urge, should visit their physician for a full evaluation. In 2017, there are so many effective treatments from something simple like Kegel’s or disposable pessaries to more involved medications and surgeries.
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