A study conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, has established a connection between being overweight or obese and an increased risk of developing urinary incontinence, also known as involuntary urination, in young and middle-aged women.
Published in Obesity Reviews, the study stated that when compared with normal body mass index, overweight was associated with a one-third increase in the risk of urinary incontinence, while the risk was doubled in women with obesity.
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The study also said that clinical advice to obese young women or those at risk of becoming obese should not be limited to metabolic health, but should also emphasise the role of excess weight on pelvic floor weakening and subsequent risk of incontinence.
Speaking on the research, the lead researcher, Dr Tayla Lamerton, said that the team’s findings would serve as a guide to lifestyle interventions.
“We know that urinary incontinence can be a complex issue, especially among younger women. Understanding overweight and obesity as a determinant of urinary incontinence could play a role in the way we counsel those affected by the condition, and our findings provide a building block to further explore lifestyle interventions for preventing and managing incontinence,” she said.
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