Diet May Play a Role in Causing Incontinence

Diet May Play a Role in Causing Incontinence

  • On May 13, 2009

Many studies show incontinence is strongly linked to obesity, due to increased pressure within the abdomen.

The good news is, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year, an average weight loss of 17lbs was enough to cut incontinence episodes by almost half.

So it could be a good idea to cut a few hundred calories a day to promote weight loss and in a bid to reduce your incontinence.

For people with uncontrolled diabetes, changing your diet may also affect incontinence. Years of this sort of diabetes can create nerve damage that affects bladder control.

A healthy diet that supports better blood sugar control is clearly advisable to reduce further damage, but it’s not obvious whether normalising blood sugars will allow you to regain bladder control.

Smoking and lack of exercise may also inhibit bladder control, so there’s one more reason to avoid tobacco and get exercising.

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