Weight Loss Can Reduce Incontinence

by Mona Saint MD

Researchers in this study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that in overweight and obese women, weight loss of about 17 lbs significantly reduced urinary incontinence symptoms.  This study may help to ease some women’s fears about incontinence during exercise. Weight loss, of course, has many health benefits in those overweight, including reduction of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Subak LL, et al .”Weight loss to treat urinary incontinence in overweight and obese women”. New England Journal of Medicine 2009.