It’s almost that time of year again, time to make those New Year’s resolutions. We all know how hard it is to stick with those resolutions we make, but let’s make 2018 different!
The number of people living with urinary incontinence is rising to over 400 million in 2018. Living with urinary incontinence in 2018 doesn’t have to control your life. There has been a surge of support and treatment options to alleviate those restroom dashes!
Unfortunately, urinary incontinence has existed for years but many men and women don’t believe treatment will give them results. Those who suffer from incontinence have a treatment success rate of around 80%, which is excellent! You must first identify your incontinence type, then figure out if there is anything within your diet that you can eliminate to reduce stimulation or discomfort.
Common types of Urinary Incontinence include:
Stress - Weak pelvic floor muscles that can lead to urinary leaks.
Urge - Overactive bladders (needing to go to the bathroom frequently)
Mixed - Stress and Urge combination
Here are some New Year’s Resolutions for 2018:
Get to the doctor - Consult with your doctor to create a treatment plan specific to your type of urinary incontinence.
Practice kegels - So many people resolve to exercise more, why not resolve to exercise by doing pelvic floor exercises! Make sure to do these exercises 3 times a day.
Eat better - The food you choose to eat will make a difference in bladder control and incontinence. Avoid foods that can lead to frequent urination like acidic, citrus, spicy and caffeinated food and beverages.
Drink more water - Sounds crazy right? Swapping that carbonated and caffeinated drink for a glass of water will actually improve your bladder control!
Quit smoking - There is nothing good about smoking, period. If you suffer from incontinence that's especially true! Smoking will only make stress incontinence worse! The more you smoke, the more you cough, the more you cough the more pressure gets put on the bladder. 2018 is the year to quit smoking!
Research how to improve incontinence - There is a wealth of knowledge to be found on ways to improve bladder control! Try searching google for things like taking yoga to improve incontinence or adding vitamin supplementation for bladder control.
After you and your doctor create a plan it’s important to stick to it. Whether you’re doing kegels, eating better, quitting smoking or adding supplements like Magnesium or vitamin D, it must incorporated into your daily routine to sustain the results.
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