Weight loss eases urinary incontinence, reports Harvard Women’s Health Watch

Published: April, 2009

Losing weight is good for so many health problems, from heart disease to diabetes. Shedding just 10 pounds, for example, can lower blood pressure. Add another new benefit to the list, reports the April 2009 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch: losing weight eases urinary incontinence in women who are overweight or obese.

Obesity has long been associated with urinary leakage in women, but until now, there's been little research to confirm that losing weight would help reverse the problem—or to suggest how much weight loss would be needed. A new randomized trial found that moderate weight loss among heavy women who undertook a six-month diet and exercise program cut the frequency of urinary incontinence episodes by nearly half.

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