Urinary incontinence, which is defined as losing control of your bladder, can be caused by one or more factors such as excess fluid intake, certain medications, and damage to your pelvic floor from undergoing surgery or childbirth. Being overweight or obese can also lead to urinary incontinence as a result of having a weakened bladder and pelvic floor muscles, which may eventually occur due to lack of exercise. However, a new study is showing that weight-loss surgery has the ability to improve urinary incontinence in morbidly obese women in the years following surgery.
The study was led by Leslee Subak, MD from the University of California at San Francisco, and was presented at this year’s American Urogynecologic Society and International Urogynecological Association 2014 Scientific Meeting. According to Subak, obese women are four times more likely to suffer from urinary incontinence than women who are in a healthy, normal weight range by medical standards. The study shows that an improvement in urinary incontinence is yet another long-term benefit of weight-loss surgery.
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