The Connection between Obesity, Diabetes, and Bladder Control

Nancy Muller Health Pro
  • The Connection between Obesity, Diabetes, & Bladder Control At the national headquarters of our organization, we routinely have college interns interested in health care services or health care communications assist us with projects to witness and learn firsthand what a career feels like in the health care sector.


    Thus summer, we have Megan, a May graduate from the College of Charleston and major in biology. She is applying to the accelerated BSN program in the School of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina for enrollment this winter. We shared with her some of the recent statistics from published research connecting obesity, related in a majority of cases of type 2 diabetes, to stress urinary incontinence. She was amazed at how simple the equation is to reverse some of the life-altering symptoms. Here’s what Megan wants to share with you, and I’ve given over my column space to let her share her thoughts with you. Let her know what you think. Soon, she could be the health educator caring for YOU in your town. Nancy Muller, PhD

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    Obesity and diabetes are preventable diseases that can cause many health complications. Obesity is defined as a medical condition in which excess body fat can lead to adverse effects on one’s health. Obesity is recognized as one of the leading factors in the development of insulin resistance. Obesity contributes to urinary incontinence, both leakage as well as urgency incontinence. Losing a small fraction of weight can greatly reduce such bladder control problems.


    Clearly, there’s an important connection between obesity and diabetes and bladder control! This is even more evident as, 1 in 3 adult Americans have pre-diabetes, 1 in 3 adult Americans are obese, and 1 in 3 adult Americans have experienced symptoms of bladder control loss at some point in their lives. The link of obesity to diabetes is leading health care providers to introduce better health education and management programs for diabetes. The National Diabetes Prevention Program, a CDC program, offers lifestyle change classes to help people make lifestyle changes (diet, exercise). Through the program they could reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58% by losing 5-7% of their body weight and getting 150 minutes of exercise each week. The key message is that you can restore your quality of life and freedom by undertaking healthier practices if you are excessively overweight and at risk of being diagnosed with diabetes.

Published On: August 26, 2012