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Physical activity and urinary incontinence among healthy, older women.

Increase in the level of physical activity may help to put middle-aged and older women in a better position to avoid suffering urinary incontinence.

​This study assessed how physical activity influences the probability of middle-aged and older women experiencing urinary incontinence (UI). Researchers analyzed the lifestyle and incidence rates of self-reported urinary incontinence in more than 2,300 US women aged 54-79 years who were recruited from the Nurses' Health Study. 

Researchers noted engaging in physically activity consistently resulted in lower risk of urinary incontinence in the study population. A 26% decrease in the risk of urinary incontinence was found among women who did a lot of walking regularly. This study concluded that "physical activity was associated with a significant reduction in UI."

Research Summary Information

  • 2007
  • Danforth KN, Shah AD, Townsend MK, Lifford KL, Curhan GC, Resnick NM, Grodstein F.
  • Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA. kim.danforth@channing.harvard.edu
  • No, Free full text of study was not found.
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