2 April 2010
Vitamin D deficiency may put women at higher risk of incontinence and pelvic floor disorders, a study suggests (Obstet Gynaecol 2010; 115: 795-803).
Data from a US national health and nutrition survey showed that women with below normal levels of vitamin D were more likely to have incontinence and one or more pelvic floor disorders, irrespective of age.
Among women aged 50-plus years, vitamin D levels of 30 nanograms/mL or higher appeared to be protective against urinary incontinence.
The researchers showed that for each 5 nanograms/mL increase in vitamin D levels, there was a 6 per cent drop in the risk of pelvic floor disorders when adjusted for age and body mass index (BMI).
One other study showed an association between vitamin D deficiency and bladder problems, suggesting vitamin D might have a role in detrusor muscle (bladder wall muscle) function, the researchers said.
Last Reviewed: 02 April 2010