Study links weight loss to helping urinary incontinence

25 million Americans deal with bladder and bowel control issues according to the National Association for Continence.

Leota Neigum had to make major changes to her diet to help her incontinence.

"There were times when I had no control at all. That got better with the program of eating and the water drinking,” said Neigum.

After a year of sticking to the changes, she lost more than 120 pounds and a new study says that weight loss can improve urinary incontinence by 70 percent. Kendra Roloff with Pelican Health explains the findings.

"This study is very encouraging because lifestyle modifications are safe, they're effective. They are successful and economical and they're also very easily combined with medical and surgical therapies if indicated,” said Roloff.

Leota also gets a nerve stimulation treatment.

"We use that electrode to stimulate the posterior tibial nerve, which runs up your leg to your pelvis. By stimulating your pelvic nerves, we can often get them to communicate with their bladder and decrease symptoms of over active bladder,” said Roloff.

Leota is happy with her progress so far.

"Now when people say how do you feel, I say good, good,” said Neigum.

But is still working toward her ending goal. To help people live a healthier lifestyle, Pelican Health is having an 8-week challenge starting in 2018.