Incontinence is a Growing Problem!

Global Incontinence Set to Rise

A study spanning five continents estimates that by the year 2018, almost half of the world population over the age of 20 (approximately 2-3 billion people) will experience at least one lower urinary tract symptom, an increase of 18% in just one decade. Incontinence will also increase, particularly in Africa, South America and Asia.

The study of more than 19,000 people, coordinated by the department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, USA, and published in the British Journal of Urology International, predicted that between 2008-2012:

  • The worldwide prevalence of lower urinary tract symptoms will rise to just under 46% (47% women and 45% men)
  • Overactive bladder will increase by 20%, affecting approximately 546 million people worldwide

Urinary incontinence will have risen by 22%, affecting approximately 423 million individuals

Incontinence in New Zealand

At present there are approximately 940,000 people with incontinence. 600,000 with bladder incontinence, 340,000 with bowel incontinence

Age: 22-55
25% of women
5% of men

Aged 55+
34% of women
22% of men

Reference to Medical

For treatment and further advice please either visit your GP or contact a continence clinician via the District Nurses Division located at most public hospitals within New Zealand. Alternatively call the New Zealand Continence Association Helpline on 0800 650 659 for free professional advice.

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What can you do…...visit the New Zealand Continence Association website for more information.