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A 58-year-old female patient recently came in saying she was leaking urine at inappropriate times. She also had gained 25 pounds in the past three years. I recommended she do Kegels and take AZO Bladder Control® with Go-Less® & Weight Management, in addition to committing to a healthier diet and physical activity routine.
She asked why I suggested this plan, I offered her the following explanation:
“To promote healthy weight management and support the strength of the pelvic floor muscles, I recommend introducing Kegel exercises and AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management to your routine. Bladder function is controlled in part by the pelvic floor muscles. Unfortunately, carrying extra weight can place added pressure on the bladder; when this happens, you may find yourself crossing your legs with every cough or sneeze or even when trying to lift a heavy object—to avoid occasional loss of bladder control.
“The good news is that maintaining healthy weight control can help support bladder control. AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management is a drug-free and caffeine-free daily supplement formulated to work in two ways—it contains naturally-sourced pumpkin seed and soy germ extract, which helps keep the bladder muscles strong, and Synetrim® CQ, a clinically studied botanical extract, which helps promote metabolic health to support healthy weight management!*
“Doing Kegels regularly will also help to strengthen the sphincter muscles, which help keep urine in. To perform Kegels, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles as if you're trying to stop your stream of urine. I recommend that you do a set of these exercises three or four times a day to help reduce occasional bladder control issues.”
I hope this story helps you understand more about the relationship between healthy weight and bladder control, giving you a game plan to deal with occasional frequent bladder control issues.
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About Dr. Mike Roizen:
Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. is the first Chief Wellness Officer at any major health care institution. He is also a professor at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He founded RealAge (RealAge.com), co-invented a drug now approved by the FDA, changed preoperative evaluation by decreasing lab test requirements, chaired the guideline committee for the use of what is now a standard cardiovascular surgery monitoring technique, helped start 12 other companies and co-authored four #1 NY Times bestsellers on health. He has also chaired an FDA advisory committee and was an editor for six medical journals.^ Dr. Roizen is being compensated for his contributions to this article.
^Dr. Roizen is a paid spokesman for AZO.