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The Weight-Bladder Connection:

What You Need to Know by Dr. Alyssa Dweck^

The Weight-Bladder Connection:

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The conversation about maintaining a healthy weight is never ending, for good reason. We know that a healthy body weight not only benefits cardiovascular health, but also enhances immune function, puts less strain on our bones and joints and can contribute to our overall sense of well-being. 

Many people may not realize that a healthy weight also benefits bladder health. Extra weight can put pressure on the bladder and the pelvic floor muscles, which may lead to occasional bladder leakage.

So many factors influence our weight, from age and childbirth to exercise and stress levels. Below are some of the most common reasons behind weight gain, and tips to help maintain a healthy weight and take some pressure off your bladder—literally.

Natural Aging

With age comes loss of lean body mass, AKA muscle. This lowers metabolism and leads to gradual weight gain over time. Consider an exercise program which includes 150 minutes per week of cardio. These activities are vital for calorie burning and can include jogging, power walking, biking, dancing or swimming. Add strength training with light weights or resistance bands for example, to help keep bones strong and add muscle mass which in turn revs up metabolism. 


Be mindful of your diet. I recommend the Mediterranean diet not only for heart health and its benefits to immune function, but for weight control. This diet is rich in lean protein, encourages plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, advocates for olive oil instead of butter and uses spices to replace salt. The Mediterranean diet is naturally low in carbs and processed foods. Intermittent fasting has also gained popularity for weight management. In this case, fasting for 12–16 hours continuously and adding a healthful diet during the “on” hours is suggested to help with weight management. 


Stress reduction is key to weight management. With constant stress comes constant cortisol release from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is known as the “fight or flight” hormone. Excess cortisol can lead to fat deposition around the middle, and the dreaded “muffin top” so many women complain of. Midsection weight gain means excess pressure on the bladder. Try yoga, meditation or mindfulness exercises on a regular basis to keep stress levels under control. Your bladder will thank you.   

A Helpful Tip 

I recommend using AZO Bladder Control® with Go-Less® & Weight Management, formulated with Cissus quadrangularis extract to help support healthy weight management and contribute to a healthy lifestyle.*

Maintaining an optimal weight over the years has far reaching implications not only for your heart and your mind…but also for your bladder!


Dr. Alyssa Dweck^ is a practicing OB-GYN in Westchester County, N.Y. She has been voted Top Doctor in New York Magazine and Westchester County. She is proficient in gynecologic surgery, has expertise in female sexual health and provides gynecologic care to women of all ages. Dr. Dweck has co-authored three books, including The Complete A to Z for Your V: A Women's Guide to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Vagina—Health, Pleasure, Hormones, and More, which tells women of all ages what they need to know about their own unique health.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

AZO® and AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management are trademarks of DSM.

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^Dr. Alyssa Dweck is a paid spokesperson for AZO®.