Researchers reveal sitting down for too long increases incontinence risk in women

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Women who sit down for too long have an increased risk of developing urinary incontinence. 

Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University found that those aged 16 and over are at a heightened risk of the common condition, which is caused by a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles.  

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The study leaders said that women who had an urge to urinate sat for significantly longer periods to the women who had no bladder problems.

If you sit for about a fifth longer than an average of eighteen minutes at a time you are more likely to have an overactive bladder although it's not clear why.

More than seven million women in the UK suffer from urinary incontinence and its not just the older generation that are affected. 

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The study shows 30 percent of women in their 20s and 30s suffer from the condition and almost half of women over the age of 40. Childbirth, obesity and the menopause can put pressure on and damage the pelvic floor muscles causing an onset of the condition and health experts suggest being active and doing daily exercise can help to strengthen them.

Women are urged to try and cure the condition themselves with simple techniques such as bladder training as using incontinence pads should be the last resort. 

Compiled by Ayanda Mgcina 

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