It’s preliminary, but it’s promising. It’s expensive (right now), but it offers great hope. European scientists injected patients’ own stem cells (taken from muscles) around the urethra and in an overwhelming number of cases, patients stopped experiencing incontinence.
This is another one of those cases where we’ve struggled for decades looking for solutions–drugs, exercises, etc.–and suddenly we’ve discovered how to let nature elegantly and simply solve the problem.
I believe, as I think I wrote a couple of posts ago, that this is where medicine and science are headed: in more and more cases learning to get out of the way and just help nature perform its miracles. Even if it doesn’t work in every instance, the amount of suffering and trouble these natural approaches will save is immeasurable. Read the rest about preventing incontinence here.