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Behavioral weight-loss interventions decrease urinary incontinence

Written By Betty van der Mark on Thursday, January 29, 2009 | 2:02 AM

The multi-center, randomized clinical trial was conducted at UCSF, Brown University and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The results support the inclusion of weight reduction as a first-line treatment for incontinence for overweight and obese women, according to Leslee L. Subak, MD, lead author on the study and associate professor in the obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; urology, and epidemiology and biostatistics departments at UCSF.

“It has been well documented that behavioral weight-loss interventions decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, improve control of high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and improve mood and quality of life,” Subak said. “Our results suggest that a decrease in urinary incontinence can now be added to the extensive list of health benefits associated with weight loss.”

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