According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 10% of Americans have Type 2 diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes, the body is unable to maintain adequate glucose levels. A common consequence is incontinence. You may be able to lessen the impact of incontinence by lowering your blood sugar. Read below to learn about the link between diabetes and incontinence.
How does diabetes cause incontinence?
One of the things you may have noticed before your diagnosis is thirstiness. Excess glucose drives you to drink more water. Your body will also work to excrete the extra glucose. This combination of factors adds up to a big increase in your urine volume. Diabetes also leads to nerve damage. This damage can cause weakened muscles, loss of bladder sensation and overactive bladder. You may have difficulty holding urine in, recognizing when your bladder is full or feel the need to urinate very frequently. Constipation is another common problem with diabetes, and it can make emptying the bladder harder.
Tips for lowering blood sugar
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet: You don’t have to deprive yourself of the things you love, but you do have to have some balance. It is okay to start with small steps. Cut back on, and eventually skip, the simple carbs because they cause blood sugar to spike. Instead, choose foods with a low glycemic index for better overall health. These are most often foods with fiber and minimal processing. Healthy fats also help with blood sugar management. Here is an example of a balanced meal that supports normal blood sugar levels: Brown rice (instead of white) lentils or black beans (instead of corn) lean meat and a few avocado slices.
- Exercise: Get out and enjoy some physical activity. Whether you choose golf, biking, running, gardening or dancing, your body will benefit. How does exercise help? Exercise lowers your A1c levels. A1c is a measure of your average blood glucose levels for the recent past. It also helps your body manage glucose and insulin more effectively.
- Lose weight: In some cases, it may be possible to return blood sugar levels to normal with weight loss. Again, choose a healthy diet with foods that support healthy blood sugar levels and exercise regularly. You may find that you lose weight. Sometimes losing just 10% of your body weight can make a difference
- Follow your healthcare provider’s advice: If your doctor prescribes medicine or a health regimen follow it as closely as you can for best results. Let your provider’s expertise put you back on the path to better health.
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