Physical activity reduces chance of urinary incontinence

...a prospective study in 2700 women with a follow-up period of 20 years

  • Physical activity prevents development of urinary incontinence
  • Still unclear which types of exercise are most effective
  • Effects only investigated in white women 

Physical activity, such as jogging or swimming, reduces the risk of urinary incontinence during coughing, sneezing or exertion of force (SUI, stress urinary incontinence) to nearly half. Similarly, women who maintain an active lifestyle develop less incontinence during urgency (UUI, urge urinary incontinence). This is concluded by researchers who followed a large group of women until twenty years after giving birth, and investigated the association between physical activity and the occurrence of urinary incontinence.


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