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November 03, 2004 -- New research from the University of Bergen (UiB), Norway, shows that a
woman who's mother has urinary incontinence has a 30 percent greater
chance for incontinence herself.
the first time, a larger study of the relationship of inheritance and
urinary incontinence has been conducted. The results, which are now
being published in the British Medical Journal, show that genetic
relationships play a role.
Many illness have a generic component. So seen from that point of view,
the results are not surprising. But it says something about the impact
of inheritance in relation to other non-risk factors, says the main
author of the study, Yngvild Skaatun Hannestad.
Hannestad is a
doctor with the Women's Clinic, Haukeland University Hospital and
postdoctor with The Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care
at the University of Bergen (UiB).
She has come to the
conclusion that the occurrence of urinary incontinence is 30 percent
higher within a group of women who have mothers with incontinence than
the those who did not.
Further, the chance for problems are two
to three time higher among those who have both mother and grandmother
with urinary incontinence. Among those who had an older sister with
incontinence, the occurrence was 60 percent higher than in the group of
woman who's older sister was not incontinent.
The results are
based on analysing 6,000 mothers and their approximately 7,500
daughters. In addition, older and younger sisters are included in the
One out of four women over the age
of 20 say they have urinary incontinence for one reason or another.
Half of the women have been incontinent when coughing, lifting, jumping
and so on (stress incontinence). Eleven percent had problems in
connection with a strong need to urinate, and 30 percent have suffered
from both types.
Skaatun Hannestad, who is now a postdoctor
student with the Section for General Practice, took her medical
doctorate on the subject of urinary incontinence in women in November
2003. This new study is part of a greater Norwegian research project.
is a field that is being researched quite a bit, but is still perhaps
not discussed enough. Although, openness has been growing. Today there
are many good treatments available," says Skaatun Hannestad.
Source : The Research Council of Norway
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