Chronic medical conditions are common in women with urinary incontinence

New research published in BJU International indicates that women with urinary incontinence often have other chronic conditions. The findings have important implications for prevention and treatment.

In an analysis of data from the 2005-06 to 2011-12 US National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys on 3,800 women with urinary incontinence, only 11% of women had no other chronic conditions.

Four patterns of chronic conditions emerged with differences by urinary incontinence type and severity. Within three of the four clusters, the most prevalent chronic conditions linked with increased cardiovascular risk—such as hypertension and high cholesterol—were associated with increased urinary incontinence risk. Also, pulmonary disease—specifically asthma—affected all of the women in a single cluster.

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