A recent study from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has concluded that a higher incidence of urinary incontinence is connected with poor glycemic control in women with type 1 diabetes. During the 17-year study, with follow-ups at years ten and 17, participants that reported involuntary urine leakage at least once a week were found to have higher and insufficiently managed blood sugar levels.
It has been widely known that urinary incontinence can be a common side effect of diabetes, though literature on the connection is minimal. The most obvious links between the two were found to be nerve damage to the bladder caused by the disease and obesity, leading to pressure being put on the bladder. This study provides hard evidence that proper diet and careful monitoring of sugar intake among diabetes sufferers can potentially have a very positive impact in curbing urinary leakage.
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