If a person is experiencing urinary incontinence, it means they are unable to control when they urinate. Urinary incontinence is a relatively frequent problem for both sexes, although women, especially those who have given birth, tend to have higher rates of it. Urinary incontinence occurs when an individual loses or has decreased control over the voluntary urethral sphincter.
Urinary incontinence can have many different causes, so the exact reason behind it will change from patient to patient. Some of the risk factors include smoking, obesity, and other stress-related factors. Additionally, as an individual gets older, they are more likely to develop urinary incontinence from the aging of the muscles that control urination.
Fluid And Diet Management
While this is not a miracle cure, fluid and diet management is an amazing way to help get urinary incontinence under at least some measure of control. To begin, an individual with urinary incontinence should drink only the amount of fluids needed to remain healthy and functional. Drinking more than what is needed will increases the body's urine output, making it much harder to avoid leakage. In the diet, patients should cut out certain items from the diet.
For example, caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners all have been shown to increase the output of urine and make it harder to control urination. Other things that may cause bladder irritation include milk, honey, coffee (both caffeinated and decaffeinated), spicy foods, and citrus. Reducing or eliminating these substances from the diet can be an excellent way to relieve urinary incontinence.