Women who are older, white, heavier or who have had multiple children are at increased risk of persistent urinary incontinence as they age, suggests a new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Since women may be too embarrassed to ask health care providers about the condition, the findings could help clinicians identify women to target for conversations regarding prevention and treatment, the authors say. The researchers evaluated two groups of women from the Nurses' Health Study who responded to biennial health questionnaires from 2000 to 2008: 18,347 who reported UI consistently and 18,496 who did not report the condition. The highest risk was for women 75 or older and those with a body mass index of 30 or more, who had approximately three times the risk of their younger (under 60) and leaner (BMI of less than 25) peers, respectively. Additionally, black women had much lower risk compared with white women. Read the abstract.
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