Could green tea prevent incontinence in adults?

4th May 2011

Drinking green tea could help to alleviate incontinence in middle-aged and older women according to the results of a new study in America.

Researchers at Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute found that women were significantly less likely to suffer from urinary incontinence if they drank four or more cups of the detoxifying tea every day.

They believe that the positive effect may be caused by epigallocatechin gallate (EPCG), which is one of the principal chemicals in green tea.

Previous research has shown that the chemical has an inhibiting effect on urinary stone formation, as well as causing a dose-dependent decrease on some urinary bladder cancers.

Lead researcher Dr Andy Lee said: "We would now like to undertake a population-based prospective cohort study to confirm the benefits. But, as part of a preventative strategy, we recommend that women replace their consumption of other beverages, such as coffee, with green tea."

Urinary incontinence affects around one in five women over the age of 40. It can occur at any age, but becomes more common with age. About four per cent of adults suffer from the condition.

Posted by Edward Bartel

1. Lee, Andy et al. "Green tea drinking is inversely associated with urinary incontinence in middle-aged and older women." Neurology and Urodynamics. 14th March 2011.

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