Losing Weight Lessens Incontinence in Diabetic Men
If you are an overweight or obese man with Type II Diabetes, losing even 10% of your overall weight can drastically reduce incontinence issues along with other male urinary tract dysfunction according to this new study in the Journal of Urology. In men, obesity affects urinary frequency, or urge, nocturia, or waking up at night to urinate, and urinary incontinence, or not being able to hold the bladder. These symptoms are embarrassing but more importantly, they are not normal and should be discussed with your doctor. Because while there are many male incontinence products out there, you want the larger problem treated in the meanwhile.
Our bodies are designed to be able to hold our bladders until an appropriate moment of release comes. One of the most common symptoms of male urological issues is urge, or the feeling that you have to urinate too frequently or constantly, for the amount of liquid you intake. Urge can be a sign of the bladder being squeezed by something that wasn't there before. Nocturia, or waking at night to urinate is okay if it happens once in a blue moon, but if you are up once a night, every night, or multiple times a night, that means something is going on that could include your prostate. And the cake topper of incontinence is a definite sign that the muscles have weakened or, more commonly in men, the nervous system is getting mixed or blocked signals.
What do these symptoms have to do with being diabetic? Type II Diabetes is the obesity-related diabetes, whereas Type I you are born with. The group in the study were all diabetic men who were classified as obese by their BMIs. The men who participated in a lifestyle change program and lost between 9-11% of their body weight saw their urinary dysfunction issues decrease by 38%! That is a huge decrease. While this study notes that the results may not apply to all diabetics, they are certainly encouraging enough to motivate some of us to lose some weight.
Have you lost a significant amount of weight and has it helped you with any urinary issues? Please comment below.