I’m Gonna Pee! - Urinary Incontinence is More Common than You Might Think.

Posted on Thu, 27 Jun 2019 

Many women know the sensation as the frequent and sudden urge while others recognize when they experience a small “Oops” moment.  If you’re always searching for the closet bathroom or head to the bathroom every chance you get you may be experiencing overactive bladder symptoms.

Women often describe their bladder as nervous, anxious, or light but the reality is that an overactive bladder prevents many women from having a sense of control and they live with the worry of needing to go to the bathroom all of the time.  

Avoiding the rush to the bathroom and gaining control of those frequent and sudden urges is the goal of our current Women’s Health research programs at KGK Science.

Incontinence, even a single involuntary drop, is the leakage of urine from your bladder that is completely out of your control.  Treatment options are available.

Bladder leakage happens; whether you’re exercising, coughing, or laughing.  Overactive bladder, nocturia (waking up at night to go pee) and regular incontinence are all conditions that 1 in 3 women over the age of 40 struggle with.  For far too long bladder leakage has been a taboo topic of conversation between friends, family and even with your family doctor.

Over 60% of these women report that they have not spoken to their doctor because they felt the problem was not bad enough.   An additional 22% did not see incontinence as a health problem, another 15% reported they remained silent because their doctor never asked them a question about incontinence and even 4% of women felt their doctor could not help.

Research Opportunity

Urinary incontinence also leaves many women with a sense of loss of control, shame, isolation. There is also a link to depressive thoughts and depression.   A study reported 50% of individuals suffering from urinary incontinence do not seek help and this may be due to a misinterpretation of symptoms and misbeliefs surrounding their symptoms.  Being aware that leaks are occurring and limiting physical or social activities for fear of further episodes can greatly diminish your overall wellbeing.

Therapies and natural products to treat incontinence can greatly increase the quality of life and overall health.  KGK Science is currently conducting a clinical research study to evaluate the use of a Flower Pollen Extract to improve urinary incontinence in healthy women between the ages of 40 and 75. 

We are studying the effectiveness of 4 combinations of flower pollen extract to determine its effect on improving urinary incontinence.  These flower pollen extracts are approved by Health Canada under different strengths and under a different product name, but their effects on urinary incontinence in these formulations have yet to be studied.

Our ideal participant is a healthy woman aged 40 to 75 years who experiences regular involuntary loss of urine.  Participants may experience UI as little as once a week to several times a day or even all the time. The amount of leakage can range from a small to a large amount. If you fit these criteria you can complete our online screening questions on the phone or online with options to book your appointment directly with our team. 

During this program, your parking at One London Place will be validated, or a bus fare can be provided. Participants will be compensated up to $900.00 for their time with 6 visits over 24 weeks. 

When you participate in one of our studies you’re taking part in cutting edge nutrition research. Throughout our studies, we take steps to ensure participants are treated with the utmost levels of respect and confidentiality. For scientific purposes, each study has its own set of eligibility criteria such as age, gender, weight, height, and/or your previous medical history. 

KGK is also recruiting for studies to evaluate the effect of natural health products to improve: cholesterol and triglyceride levels; digestive health; memory, sleep and cognition.  Additionally, we are currently evaluating the bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of Multivitamins, Minerals, and Cannabis products.  

More opportunities to participate in our research programs are coming soon.  If you are interested in participating in this or any of our studies you can chat with Kate in Facebook Messenger, complete our online screening questions, calling 1-833-JOIN-KGK (564-6545) or emailing participate@kgkscience.com.   Stay tuned in to our website and social media accounts, on Facebook and Instagram, for information when we launch a new study.

Michael Greff is the Associate Medical Director and a Clinical Investigator at KGK Science.

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