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| July 05, 2005

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Tips for Controlling Incontinence

  • Maintain healthy restroom habits on the road to decrease your risk of incontinence later in life. Using the restroom every three to six hours is usually sufficient.

  • Some report bladder sensitivities to carbonated beverages, dairy products, citrus juice and fruits, tomato-based products, highly spiced foods, sugar, honey, corn syrup and artificial sweeteners.
  • Caffeine consumption should be limited because it increases urination frequency, nighttime incontinence and urge incontinence.
  • Cut back on smoking. Chronic cough, caused by smoking and conditions like seasonal allergies or lung disease, is a major contributor to incontinence.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can cause incontinence because excess weight puts pressure on the pelvic floor muscles that control urination.
  • Alcohol should also be avoided. It can result in severe urge incontinence.
  • Stay regular because constipation can aggravate incontinence. A diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables will reduce constipation.
  • Drink plenty of water. A common misconception is that fluids will worsen incontinence; however, dehydration will irritate the lining of the bladder.

Source: The National Foundation for Urological Disease, Inc.

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