Tell your Overactive Bladder to Chill

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photo courtesy of marin/

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a problem with bladder-storage function that causes a sudden urge to urinate. The urge may be difficult to stop, and overactive bladder may lead to the involuntary loss of urine.
Preventing overactive bladder can be difficult; however, treating overactive bladder often begins with lifestyle changes that are aimed at reducing symptoms. Overactive bladder prevention focuses on reducing the risk or prevalence of these symptoms by making changes to avoid the triggers that cause them.

Here are some recommendations to prevent overactive bladder:

Establish a Fluid-Intake Schedule

By controlling the amount of fluids you drink, you may be able to control the frequency and timing of urination. Talk to your doctor to create a plan that details the amount and timing of your fluid consumption. This will ensure that you aren’t drinking too much or too little.

Limit Caffeine, Alcohol, and Citrus

According to the National Association for Continence, caffeine, alcohol, and citrus have been proven to exacerbate the symptoms of OAB. Caffeine is a stimulant and speeds all the body’s processes; therefore, limiting the intake of fluids such as coffee, soda, citrus juice, and alcoholic beverages could help in controlling OAB symptoms.

Eat More Fiber

It has been proven that constipation can trigger or worsen OAB symptoms. A diet of fiber-rich foods can help maintain a healthy digestive tract and lower the risk of constipation. Fiber-rich foods include whole grains, legumes, and dark green vegetables.

Limit Acidic and Spicy Foods

Acidic and spicy foods can irritate the bladder and worsen symptoms of OAB. Limit these foods considerably if you cannot eliminate them completely.

Lose Weight

Excess weight can cause a number of health problems, including an increased risk of OAB. Research has shown that losing weight can decrease the severity and frequency of symptoms in obese people with OAB.

Behavioral interventions are the first choice in helping manage an overactive bladder. Talk to you doctor to see which interventions would be best fit for you.

Do you suffer from an overactive bladder? See if you qualify for Segal Institute’s clinical research study on OAB today!


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