Stress incontinence -the stress-induced loss of bladder control- is a condition that is generally associated with ageing and its effects on the bladder’s muscles. It is much more common among women than men.
The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases explains that stress incontinence occurs when these muscles lose their strength and can happen after sneezing, laughing or lifting heavy objects.
While this condition is treated as common and is perceived by many as normal, in reality, it is not. Those who experience this type of incontinence are recommended to see a medical professional, as getting the right treatment can help control and even cure it.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that losing weight can be a mechanism for preventing or alleviating part of the pressure on the bladder that causes stress incontinence. “Appropriate diet and exercise would be a good place to start, and may be helpful in decreasing the odds of new diagnosis of urinary stress incontinence or in the condition worsening,” says Megan Schimpf, chair of the Public Education Committee for the American Urogynecologic Society.
Urinary incontinence is more common in women over age 50. It may also affect younger people, however, especially those who recently gave birth.