Have you ever had a seemingly minor problem that you didn't realize was significantly affecting the quality of your life until it was resolved? Oftentimes, we don't take action on these "trivial" issues because we don't realize just how draining they are to deal with. Many women suffer from one of these little frustrations every day, and because some also consider it somewhat embarrassing, they don't seek help.
This issue is urinary incontinence, and it affects up to half of adult women. But many women simply deal with the effects of this issue, never seeking to stop the problem. That's a shame for two reasons. One is that by not reporting it, they don't give the medical community the information it needs to make this issue a research priority or to study it effectively. The second is that there are products that can help with incontinence.
Scientists at the European Society of Human Genetics have recently identified genetic variants associated with urinary incontinence. This helps explain why women who have never given birth or have suffered from incontinence from childhood are susceptible to the issue. It also opens up new areas for research into ways to help treat incontinence. The researchers even want to investigate whether it would be wise to give women the opportunity to have elective C-sections if they are particularly predisposed to incontinence. They were also able to identify that some of the genes involved in incontinence are close to the endothelin gene, which we know affects the bladder's ability to contract. Figuring out a way to address this pathway may provide relief in the future.
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Having this information about genetic contributions to incontinence is helpful, but it wasn't easy to obtain. That's due in large part to the difficulty of finding women willing to participate in studies about incontinence. Eventually, the researchers were able to gather data from a cohort of nearly 9,000 women and confirm the findings in six more studies, but this took over five years.
If you suffer from incontinence, it really is worth talking to your doctor about it. The first thing h e would do is to evaluate whether or not there's a hormonal deficiency. That's the most common cause of incontinence. The next thing to try is Advanced Bladder Support. It's full of special herbs and nutrients that reduce inflammation and support the mucous lining of the bladder to improve muscle function. If these treatments are not enough, and you're overweight, losing the extra weight might solve the problem. Additionally, pelvic floor and bladder training might make the difference. And finally, you may be a candidate for surgery if the problem is severe enough.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD