Five Tips You Should Keep in Mind for Better Bladder Health

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Did you know that two of the most common problems that affect people concern the bladder? As November is Bladder Health Month, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. Although bladder issues aren’t usually on the forefront of most people’s minds, when they do occur, they can greatly affect day-to-day life. Luckily, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of having a bladder issue.


How Prevalent Are Bladder Issues?


According to the Urology Care Foundation, more than 25 million people in the United States are affected by adult incontinence. There are two types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence happens when you experience leakage during laughter, crying, or physical exertion like weight lifting. Urge incontinence occurs when you feel the sudden need to use the bathroom and may not make it. Overactive bladder is classified as having troubling urinary symptoms like urge incontinence. More than 33 million Americans have overactive bladder symptoms.


What Can You Do to Prevent Bladder Issues?


Drink Water: The best thing you can do is stay hydrated. The Urinary Care Foundation suggests that you drink six to eight cups of water every day to reduce your risk of experiencing bladder problems.


Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol: Although in moderation they shouldn’t be a problem, overindulgence in caffeine and alcohol will upset your bladder and increase your risk of bladder problems. If you have had incontinence and overactive symptoms in the past, you should avoid caffeinated teas, coffee, and alcoholic drinks.


Stay Away from Certain Food as Well: Many people don’t know that foods like chocolate have caffeine. Spicy foods have been known to trigger bladder symptoms as well.


Don’t Smoke: We all know that smoking is terrible for your lungs and heart. You should also know that smoking is a significant risk factor for bladder cancer as well. If you smoke, quit. If you don’t, don’t start lighting up.


Talk with a Health Provider When Symptoms Are Present: If you begin to experience symptoms of urinary incontinence or overactive bladder, it’s important to speak with your doctor as soon as possible. There are many treatments and incontinence supplies available that may improve the condition and allow you to live a normal life. Don’t be afraid to talk about these issues. They are often treatable.



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