According to a new study weight loss may have another benefit as it has been shown to improve urinary incontinence in women.
What did the study conclude?
The study undertaken at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine discovered that half of women in a weight loss surgery program reported having incontinence before their bariatric surgery.
However, after the surgery most of these same women noted that their incontinence had either improved or completely disappeared.
Study researcher Dr. Leslee Subak had this to say about the discovery:
“The women lost almost 30 percent of their body weight, and about two-thirds who had incontinence at the start were cured at one year with that amount of weight loss. Among those who continued to have incontinence, their incontinence frequency improved a lot.”
“Both the weight loss and the improvement in incontinence lasted through three years. At year three, [about] 60 percent had remission.”
“A quarter were completely dry.”
Issues with bariatric surgery?
Although this study is promising there is always a risk when surgery is involved; apart from the price, risks include infection, blood clots and heart attacks.
In my opinion weight loss surgery should only be as a very last resort. There are many much safer alternatives available.
Recommended method of weight loss
To lose weight safely and without expensive weight loss surgery then you need to first make healthy changes to your diet.
Out should go that processed junk food and takeaways. Instead you should be eating more fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein such as chicken, turkey and fish.
This protein will help keep hunger at bay as it digests slower than carbs and fat, while keeping your energy levels high.
You should also consider working out for 20 minutes 3-4 times a week, just remember you need to work out intensely otherwise you are not going to see the benefits.
Finally, you should cut back on the caffeinated drinks and sugary beverages. Instead water should be your go to drink.
Water contains no calories whatsoever, but can help keep food cravings to a minimum while helping to flush out those toxins that have prevented weight loss in the past.