Last year, a study revealed that a deficiency in Vitamin D can greatly increase the risks of pelvic floor disorders like incontinence.
1,881 non-pregnant women over the age of 20 participated in a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2005-2006), which demonstrated over 82% of these women were considered deficient in Vitamin D. 23% of these women reported pelvic floor disorders like incontinence and, on average, these women were shown to have significantly lower levels of Vitamin D.
Respectively, with older women, a normal level of Vitamin D had a lower risk of pelvic floor disorders and incontinence. The risk of incontinence of women with normal Vitamin D levels was 45% less those who were deficient.
A little about Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin in the body, unique in that it is synthesized in the body when exposed to sunlight. It can also be obtained through certain dairy products and fish. Vitamin D is a pro-hormone that is needed for skeletal and muscle strength.
Having proper vitamins and minerals in a diet can assist with a wide number of health issues, even incontinence, as this survey and its facts seem to prove. It may seem minor, almost insignificant, when there are so many reasons that incontinence can develop. But, in the interests of healthy living and controlling incontinence, ensuring you have enough Vitamin D is another aspect of your personal health to look after.