Simple steps to managing incontinence

Did you know that over 200 million people worldwide experience a form of incontinence? By making just a few simple changes to your lifestyle, you could help reduce the severity of your condition.

Almost 80 percent of incontinence cases can be treated, so it is ideal to explore the various treatment options available. When treating the condition, it is best to start with behavioural modifications as these can often have a big impact without needing to drastically change your lifestyle.

Helpful hints 

The following are some changes you can make to help manage your incontinence condition: 

      • Reduce coffee, tea, chocolates, soft drinks and alcohol. All these drinks are diuretics, making you produce more urine than normal and more susceptible to bouts of incontinence
      • Consume plenty of fresh fruit, veggies and fibre to help your digestive system work better and reduce constipation, which can put extra pressure on your bladder and pelvic floor muscles.
      • Drink about two litres of water a day, although try to reduce your intake of water as bedtime approaches. If you do not drink much water, your urine may become concentrated and act as an irritant to your bladder.
      • Lead a healthy lifestyle and eat the right foods to help improve your health and your incontinence. Being overweight can place added pressure on your urinary system and this will increase the amount of incontinence you experience. This is especially important if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is above 25.

If these small changes are not proving effective, talk to your doctor about suitable treatment options for your condition. 


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