A board-certified surgeon and urologist, Dr. Alan Sadah practices with Metro Chicago Surgical Oncology. Also on staff at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Chicago Prostate Cancer Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Kindred Hospital, St. Alexius Medical Center, Westlake Hospital, and West Suburban Medical Center, Dr. Alan Sadah lectures and writes publications on numerous subjects, including incontinence.
Recently, a review of 14 previously published studies revealed that women who are overweight or obese have a greater risk of developing urinary incontinence. The review, performed by scientists at the University of Queensland, looked at more than 47,000 women in eight countries. The women had various subtypes of urinary incontinence, including urge, stress, mixed, and severe.
According to the results, the risk of urinary incontinence increased by a third in women who were overweight. As weight increased, the risk of incontinence also increased.
Among women who were obese, the risk of developing incontinence was two times higher than the risk of women with a “normal” body mass index. Weight was the only significant difference that researchers found.
Comparisons between women under the age of 35 and women between the ages of 36 and 55 showed no significant difference in risk of urinary incontinence. Further, researchers found no difference in risk for the different subtypes of urinary incontinence.