Obesity and Incontinence - The Connection

November 20, 2018

Obesity and Incontinence - The Connection

Obesity and Incontinence - The Connection

The benefits of keeping our weight under control and at healthy levels are shared frequently by medical professionals.  Honestly, it would be hard for anyone to argue against this advice.

In fact, research has proven that maintaining a healthy weight provides some significant health benefits. First, it reduces the risks of many dangerous conditions including strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.  It also alleviates some of the symptoms from arthritis. It even reduces the risks of different types of cancer. Finally, it tends to have a positive effect on mental well-being.  Individuals at a healthy weight can often participate more easily in activities and tend to not suffer from the same self-esteem issues as those who may be overweight.

Those who are obese or overweight also face the increasing possibility of living with incontinence.  Below are a few ways your weight can affect this condition.

  • Extra weight in your stomach and abdomen can put your bladder under additional pressure.  This pressure weakens the base of your pelvis and increases your chances of bladder leaks.

  • Overall additional weight can accentuate the power with which individuals cough and sneeze, thus causing stress incontinence.

The effects that extra weight have on incontinence have been researched.  In fact, The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) conducted a review that “found that for every 5-unit increase in BMI (body mass index),  (e.g., an increase in BMI from 25 to 30) the odds of developing UI increased by 30 to 60 percent over a 5 to 10-year period.”   Countless websites offer on-line calculators to determine your BMI and provide charts to determine if it is in the healthy range.

It is clear that excess weight can affect incontinence.   Often losing weight can help alleviate the severity of this issue or sometimes eliminate completely.  At  LIQUAGUARD® we encourage all of our customers to discuss incontinence with their personal physicians.  Additionally, while we should all strive to maintain a healthy diet, embarking upon a weight loss journey should be conducted under a doctor’s supervision.  

We are proud of our commitment to helping our clients who suffer from incontinence live their daily lives in an enjoyable and dignified manner.  If you have questions regarding any of products, please reach out us at INFO@LIQUAGUARD.COM or (888) 251-4378.