Weight loss, obesity and stress urinary incontinence

Did you know that losing only 10% of your body weight when you are obese can improve your health dramatically? It’s a pretty well quoted statistic – 10% weight loss, 7-10kg for many obese people, can dramatically improve your blood sugar, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, risk of death from heart disease and quality of life. Better than any medication can, and with fewer side effects.

Did you also know that weight loss of 10% or so can reduce stress urinary incontinence (loss of urine when you cough, sneeze, jump etc) and urge incontinence (‘busting’) by over 50%? More than 50%!!! That is enough to get out of pads for some people, will remove the problem entirely for some, and bring the severity of the condition down to a manageable level for others. Incontinence costs the Australian community billions of dollars per year and affects over 5 million Australians. If you have any questions about incontinence, about diagnosis, about management, please call us on 8331 0552 for an assessment.

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