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Is urinary incontinence a normal part of aging?

Urinary incontinence, the loss of bladder control, is a common affliction as one ages. It is often an underreported problem because many elderly people think urine leakage is a natural part of aging or they are embarrassed to discuss it with their doctors.

Urinary incontinence is not a normal part of aging. The aging process can lead to changes in how much urine your bladder can hold and your urine stream, causing you to urinate more frequently. These changes do not necessarilry lead to incontinence.

Dr. Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

According to the National Institute on Aging, at least one person in 10 age 65 or older suffers from urinary leakage. But even though it may be common, that doesn't mean that it's normal. There is really no normal amount of urinary leaking that occurs with aging. Any loss of control of urine is called urinary incontinence. All types of incontinence are treatable, but it's important to understand what type of incontinence is causing the leakage because the ways to address it are very different.

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