Simple way to prevent incontinence

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High levels of physical activity are independently related to a lower self-reported prevalence of urinary incontinence in a community-dwelling population aged 70 years and older.

Each of the 676 subjects participated in an extensive health interview. A self-reported single-item questionnaire was used to estimate different levels of physical activity. The prevalence of urinary incontinence was estimated using the self-administered International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire.

The prevalence of urinary incontinence was 25% (34% in women and 16% in men). After adjusting for potential confounding factors, subjects who reported middle and high levels of physical activity were 29% and 42% less likely to report the condition. Study findings appear in European Urology (2007;52:868-875).

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