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The Link Between Obesity and Urinary Incontinence

Published on September 21, 2017
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Bariatric surgery can do much more than just lower your body weight. The effects of obesity can produce a number of unwanted medical issues that can severely degrade your quality of life. Multiple studies have found that undergoing bariatric procedures can reduce a person’s risk of developing cancer, cure their sleep apnea, and provide substantial benefits for those suffering from type I diabetes.

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine studied the link between obese individuals and their likelihood of developing urinary incontinence (involuntary urination). The study found that incontinence was prevalent in 60% to 70% of females who were considered to be severely obese. Roughly 24% of men who were considered severely obese also suffered from urinary incontinence.

The study then examined changes in the likelihood of suffering from urinary incontinence in both men and women during the first three years after they have undergone bariatric surgery. A group of 2,458 participants were closely studied over the course of the three years, with 1,987 of the participants fully completing the study. The results showed that severely obese men and women showed a dramatic reduction in experiencing urinary incontinence after undergoing bariatric surgery.

Individuals suffering from issues such as urinary incontinence, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a number of other medical issues related to obesity have been shown to greatly benefit from bariatric surgery.

At Western Surgical Bariatric Center, we can provide you with the tools, resources, and procedures that you need to overcome your obesity and improve your quality of life. Contact us to schedule a consultation.