Frances Shani Parker, Author
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Urinary, Involuntary Incontinence (Research, Video 3:56)
If you have any leakage of urine, you may have what is known medically as urinary or involuntary incontinence. For many people, this problem which may cause them to avoid laughing, sneezing, and coughing may have a profound impact on their quality of life. Over age 50? One out of four women and one out of ten men have this problem. Aging can increase its frequency and severity.
Among nursing home residents, the frequency is between 43% and 77%. The risk for urinary incontinence among women with cognitive deficits is 1.5 to 3.4-fold higher than for women without mental disorders. The most common form is stress incontinence (50%), followed by mixed stress-incontinence, followed by mixed stress-urge incontinence (40%) and purely urge incontinence. The cause remains unclarified in 80% of the cases. In addition, it is often difficult to treat. Most forms of incontinence do have psychological consequences such as shame and insecurity due to uncontrolled loss of urine. This can lead to depression and social isolation.
Contrary to what many believe, incontinence does not have to be a natural part of aging. This brief televised video of The Doctors explains incontinence and the importance of getting help.
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