Ok so it’s probably not something we all like to talk about (or think about) but it is a very common problem, which affects millions of Brits each year. Not only can it be embarrassing but it can become a cause of anxiety for suffers too. There is hope though! There are lots of lifestyle changes and treatments available depending on which type of incontinence you are suffering with.
Incontinence is not just something which affects the elderly, it is also common among women who had given birth, in fact stress incontinence affects up to a third of women who have given birth. Pregnancy is a common risk factor not only due to the hormonal changes which take place but also the extra stress caused by the holding of the foetus in the uterus. Thankfully this is not something I suffer with, though it is good to know that there are lots of treatments available, as old age is another risk factor for incontinence.
There are different types of incontinence, and the causes and treatments differ depending on the type as you would imagine. The people at Hartmann Direct have created an informative guide which explains not only the types of incontinence but the treatment options available.
What I find interesting is that there are a number of steps you can take to both prevent incontinence and lessen the symptoms if you are suffering with incontinence. These include managing weight, quitting smoking and reducing caffeine and alcohol intake. Diet can play a big part in avoiding incontinence, as well as reducing caffeine and alcohol intake, reducing your intake of high salt/sugar foods and spicy foods can also help. Over all a balanced diet containing lots of nutritious and fibre-rich fruits can help you avoid incontinence.
You can check out the full guide here for more information on the types of incontinence, how to avoid it and what treatment options are available.
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