Men are often shy about bladder health, but they are certainly affected by it. As people get older, their bodies change. From sagging skin to painful joints, every body part seems to lose strength, including the bladder.
Urinary incontinence or leakage are common problems in aging men over 65. But not all hope is lost. Read the following bladder health tips for men from the team behind the Men’s Liberty male urinary incontinence product, that may lead to a stronger, better-functioning bladder, even in your 60s and 70s.
Drink Plenty of Water
Healthy adults should drink 6-8 glasses of water every day to keep their hearts, kidneys, and bladder running properly. If you currently drink a lot of soda, alcohol, or other beverages that are not water, this is the time to limit their consumption.
Also, if you think drinking a lot of water when you are suffering from urinary incontinence will make it worse, that’s not true. As an aging adult with bladder leaking problems, you are highly prone to urinary infections. Drinking water will help flush out the bacteria from your urinary tract and keep infections at bay.
Stop Drinking Too Much Caffeine and Alcohol
Let us circle back to the soda, coffee, and alcohol. These beverages, including tea and hot chocolate, are known to irritate the bladder, causing you to visit the bathroom frequently.
It’s okay to drink a cup of coffee in the mornings, but if you are guzzling down 4-5 cups every day and then following it with late-night beers, you are not doing your bladder any favors.
Eat High-Fiber Foods To Avoid Constipation
Lack of regular, healthy bowel movements can also impact your bladder. A constipated bowel can press on the bladder, reducing its ability to store urine in greater quantities. This can result in those dreadful urges where you feel like you need to urinate right away.
So, include plenty of fiber-rich foods in your diet, like leafy greens, fresh fruits, lentils, beans, multigrain bread, and nuts.
If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit! Smoking is the #1 cause of bladder cancer in both men and women. Bladder cancer is also hard to catch early because it is often mistaken for a simple infection. The treatment involves chemotherapy, surgical procedures to remove tumors, and sometimes even removing the entire bladder.
So, your best bet is to be proactive and avoid smoking. If you do smoke, consider quitting while you’re still ahead. At best, smoking can give you urinary incontinence, and at worst, cancer.
Exercising regularly kills many birds with one stone: it helps you keep a healthy weight, makes you feel happy and energetic, and prevents you from developing many diseases, including urinary incontinence.
There are hidden effects of the obesity epidemic in men that are often overlooked, and that includes accidental urine leakage. The fat deposits around your tummy can put chronic pressure on the urethra and bladder, weakening the pelvic muscles and nerves.
If you are overweight or obese, consider losing the extra pounds to keep your bladder healthy.
Battle Back Against Male Urinary Incontinence with Men’s Liberty
If a leaky bladder is making your life unmanageable, try Men’s Liberty. Men’s Liberty can help you stay dry and odor-free for up to 24 hours, so you can live your life to the fullest.
To get Men’s Liberty or explore our diverse product line of men’s urinary incontinence devices, call us at 888-412-9329 or visit us online to see how you can start living on your own terms again.