Watch those calo­ries

Main­tain­ing a healthy body weight helps in man­ag­ing in­con­ti­nence.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - WOMAN -

FOR in­di­vid­u­als cop­ing with light uri­nary leak­age (LUL), the anx­i­ety it causes can feel like a weight upon their shoul­ders. Con­stantly look­ing out for re­strooms, or hav­ing to ex­cuse them­selves from long meet­ings or work­shops, feel­ing self-con­scious about odour or stained cloth­ing, all these have an im­pact on a per­son’s con­fi­dence.

How­ever, some­times the bur­den can be lit­eral – ex­cess body weight can place additional pres­sure on the pelvic mus­cles, which can make blad­der con­trol more dif­fi­cult. Hence, los­ing weight can help re­duce the pres­sure on the pelvic mus­cles and help achieve bet­ter blad­der con­trol.

Sev­eral stud­ies sup­port the the­ory that weight loss can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on re­duc­ing uri­nary leak­age and rec­om­mend weight loss as an ef­fec­tive way to re­duce LUL .

A healthy body weight has many pos­i­tive ben­e­fits apart from help­ing you re­gain con­trol over LUL. Reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity com­bined with a healthy diet will also help im­prove en­ergy lev­els and con­cen­tra­tion, while re­duc­ing the risk of chronic con­di­tions like di­a­betes and heart dis­ease.

To get you started, fo­cus on small steps that are achiev­able in the near fu­ture, so that each lit­tle achieve­ment will spur you on to greater things.

As diet and ex­er­cise both play an equally im­por­tant role, here are a few sug­ges­tions you can in­cor­po­rate into your daily rou­tine to get you on the right path:

Lower calo­ries

Weight loss need not be com­pli­cated. Very sim­ply put, we need to burn more calo­ries than

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