By Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
Because your body thinks you're about to starve. Thousands of years ago,
hunger was a caveman's primary source of anxiety. When food became scarce, his
body coped with the resultant stress by releasing steroids, which were absorbed
by his omentum — a fat reservoir that hangs like an apron over the stomach —
and promoting fat storage. And since your body doesn't know the difference
between a demanding boss and a depleted herd of mastodons, your omentum will do
If you have chronic
urinary incontinence that begins slowly, you may be
able to control the problem yourself. If home treatment doesn't control your problem, or if incontinence
bothers you, ask your doctor about treatment.
If you have incontinence that begins suddenly
(acute), call your doctor. Acute incontinence is often caused by urinary tract
problems or medicines. It can be easily corrected.
Who to see
Any of the following health professionals can diagnose