- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spina Bifida
- Any sort of Spinal Cord injury
All of the above conditions are known to interfere with nerve function of the bladder. In the case of men, the most common causes of incontinence is an enlarged prostate as it can put extra pressure against the bladder when it swells up. For women, stress urinary incontinence is a highly common condition that results from loss of support of the urethra, which is a common consequence of damage to the pelvic support structures in childbirth. Here are some healthy habits and practices that can help our elders battle incontinence as well as help those younger reduce their chances of experiencing it later in life:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and cola beverages; they stimulate the bladder more and overtime can put extra tax on it to the point where it is too strained to hold as long as you desire.
- Exercise the pelvic muscles more often. Squats are good for these muscles but no form of exercise hits them like kegels. Kegels work the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles and have been found to tremendously improve bladder control. Women could benefit from the use of vaginal cones which involves using mild reflex contractions of the vagina and requires little effort on the part of the user.
- Absorbent pads, briefs, and adult diapers can be used to help those with more severe cases such as those prone to incontinence during seizures.
- Eat a diet rich in anti-oxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these nutrients promote healthy blood flow and overall better circulation of fluids in the body.
In addition to these healthy practices there are also various surgical procedures to address incontinence help those who suffer from maintain control of their secretion habits. Incontinence is a very private and personal matter but it is one nobody should feel ashamed to report to their doctor or actively attempt to address in any natural way.
About the Author:
Martha June Whitman is a writer that specializes in the benefits of incontinence underwear and tranquility briefs. After working as a geriatric caregiver for 28 years she enjoys helping others with her knowledge and experience in her writing.