Urinary Incontinence – Causes, Triggers and Tips
It can be of two types: during exercise or stress – when it is caused by sneezing, screaming, coughing, laughing, or it can be an urgently incontinence – incontinence due to bladder contractile problems.
Causes and risk factors for urinary incontinence
- Urinary incontinence is more common in women, where there is a weakening of the pelvic muscle tone, affected by repeated natural births.
- Pregnancy itself may be a trigger of urinary incontinence caused by the pressure on the bladder.
- Also, many people after pelvic surgery can accuse the phenomena of urinary incontinence.
- Obesity exerts pressure on pelvic muscles. If pelvic muscles tone is poor, it can be improved by practicing Kegel exercises.
- Urinary infections are a serious problem and can be the cause of urinary incontinence. Urinary infections affect mostly women and present with dysuria (loss of urine in small and frequent quantities), sensation of incomplete urination, burning during urination. In this condition is need medical advice because untreated these infections can become resistant and can ascend from the bladder (cystitis) to kidneys (pyelonephritis).
- Uterine prolapse, especially noticeable after birth may be accompanied by loss of urine. Anatomically, women uterus is positioned behind and above the bladder.
- In men a possible cause of urinary incontinence can be prostatitis or prostate cancer. In prostate adenoma patient present frequently urination, but controllable.
- Many neurological diseases, but also diabetes, lead to bladder affections and urine loss by affecting the nervous control of urinary retention of the bladder .
Tips for urinary incontinence
- Avoid drinking big quantities of liquids, teas, especially drinks with diuretics effect such as coffee.
- Choose a controlled sodium diet (low in salt).
- Rely on alkaline foods (fruits, vegetables, grains) and not acidic foods (meats and animal products)
- Beware of spices! Not spicy foods. Beware of ketchup, cayenne pepper (paprika), hot pepper, black pepper, white onion. Spices and spicy foods can irritate the bladder.
- Acidic foods that can stimulate urinary incontinence are cranberries, blueberries, tomatoes and pineapples.
- Constipation should be avoided at all costs because accentuates the symptoms of urinary incontinence by increasing intra-abdominal pressure.