Being overweight or obese isn't just a cosmetic problem, it's a health hazard. There are real health problems associated with obesity like heart disease and stroke, diabetes and sleep apnea. It can also be a major factor in urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders.
Doctors generally agree that the more obese you are the more likely you are to have health problems. All that extra weight in your abdomen is also the likely culprit for pelvic floor dysfunction.
Dr. Matthew Barker with Avera Women's Urogynecology Specialists says, "As we walk, that pressure gets exerted on the pelvic floor which includes the bladder, bowel, reproductive organs and it puts stress on those areas. With that added weight it can lead to problems of urinary incontinence, prolapse and fecal incontinence."
Obesity is second only to smoking in terms of preventable death in this country. Dr. Barker says losing 5 to 10% of your body weight will increase your health and quality of life.
Dr. Barker says, "We've studied in bariatric surgery patients and we found that it cured stress incontinence that's urinary leakage that occurs with activity or laughing, coughing, sneezing just from doing that procedure. We also looked at people losing weight through exercise and diet and it improved things like fecal incontinence, constipation, and urinary incontinence both urgency as well as stress incontinence."
Losing weight will not only improve your body image and self confidence, it could diminish some uncontrollable and embarrassing issues no one should have to deal with.
Weight Loss and Urinary Incontinence
Join Dr. Matthew Barker and Avera McKennan to learn how to improve prevention and wellness by taking control of your health through diet, exercise and annual gynecologic exams. Registration is not required.
When: Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Curves, 5020 S. Cliff Ave. Sioux Falls