Early Signs of Urinary Incontinence
A bladder control problem such as urinary incontinence can be determined by these early signs such as:
- Having an uncontrolled leakage of urine
- Being unable to go to the bathroom in time
- Releasing small amounts of urine more than usual
- Having a sudden leakage on the bed while sleeping
- Getting up more than two times during the night to urinate
- Having the feeling of an unemptied bladder after urinating
Ways to Prevent Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence cannot be prevented most of the time. However, there are some ways to help in achieving a healthy bladder and to avoid more serious problems caused by this loss of bladder control.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obesity is one of the risk factors for urinary incontinence as excess body fat puts pressure on the intra-abdomen cavity. If you are overweight or obese, losing weight is a way to prevent bladder problems.
You can start slow and with small efforts. This can be done by doing light exercise such as walking, jogging, or other similar activities for at least 30 minutes a day. By losing excess weight, your bladder will be able to stimulate and relax.
In addition, achieving a normal and healthy body weight can be done by monitoring your Body Mass Index (BMI). The ideal BMI is 18.6 to 24.9.
Have a Healthy Eating Plan
Having a healthy eating plan is also important in maintaining a healthy weight. Eating the right amount of food and nutrients can avoid obesity, which is a factor in urinary incontinence.
Some food items and beverages have been found to trigger bladder problems. You may want to avoid or lessen the intake such as tomato-based products, spicy food, chocolates, acidic fruits such as oranges, grapes, and lemons, coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks. Too much consumption of these food items and beverages can lead to bladder irritation which can lead to urinary incontinence.