Is incontinence forever? Although there is no one size fits all answer to the question of permanent incontinence, it is safe to say that in most cases it is not forever. The duration and treatment of incontinence depends on the type and cause. In many cases, once the underlying issue is addressed, symptoms of incontinence improve or resolve.
Prostate and Incontinence
Enlarged prostate or BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is a common cause of incontinence. Here, the urinary sphincter, which typically helps hold urine, contracts powerfully and causes its involuntary release. In this case, treatment of enlarged prostate can relieve symptoms of incontinence. Most men who have had prostate surgery for cancer treatment often regain full bladder control within 12-months of surgery.
Health and Incontinence
Diabetes is commonly correlated with incontinence. The underlying problem may be nerve damage, motor skills or mobility. Obesity and hypertension can also contribute to the problem. Treatment options can include managing blood sugar levels, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing blood pressure. Talk with your doctor about pharmaceutical options such as medication to relax bladder muscles.
Diet and Incontinence
Some food and drink choices can worsen symptoms of incontinence. These include spicy foods, citrus, caffeine, artificial sugar, high sugar foods, tomatoes and carbonated drinks. Consider keeping a food journal to uncover patterns between what you eat and when symptoms worsen or present. Adjust accordingly. You may find that with lifestyle changes that incontinence improves. Working with a physical therapist on biofeedback for muscle control can also help.
Stress and Incontinence
Unmanaged stress can contribute to the problem of leaks and accidents. Find a stress management practice you enjoy so you are more likely to stick with it. Exercise is a good option because it can help you maintain a healthy weight. Notice when you are experiencing tension or tightness and soften your shoulders and brow. Breathe deeply throughout the day to remind yourself that you can manage whatever comes your way.
Men’s Liberty and Incontinence
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