Incontinence Products, Diet and Bladder Control. How They Interact

It’s said that the first and often most proactive step against managing incontinence is realizing there is an issue– and then taking steps to resolve it. This includes engaging in behavior that decreases the likelihood of incontinence, or decreasing the extremity of the occurrence.

Here are a 4 specific steps to take for anyone who has had troubles with incontinence that can make living life with a leaky bladder a little easier.

Drinking Fluids – Studies have shown that fluid intake, and those liquids with caffeine like coffee could increase the likelihood of incontinence. Alcohol is also known as a diuretic, and can cause an overproduction of urine. Make note of how many – and which kinds – of fluids you are drinking throughout the day, and how that impacts your bladder.

Eating Chocolate – Unfortunately for those with an active sweet tooth, chocolate can also play a part in increasing the activity of your bladder. From dark to light, and even milk and liquid hot, all chocolate can result in incontinence.

Eating Spicy Foods – Curry, chili pepper, and cayenne pepper – sound good? Unfortunately, these culinary favorites could also trigger incontinence problems, while mild foods will let you enjoy a meal without worrying about the impact on your bladder. Thus, as is the case with fluids, manage and track your meals daily to try and pinpoint what foods are good, and which items should be avoided.

Medication – Sadly, you see it a lot. You finally find a medication that greatly helps relieve symptoms of a troublesome ailment, only to find that it contributes to the onset of another. There are specific heart and blood pressure drugs – along with others – that may work to remove excess fluids and increase the likelihood of incontinence in return.

All in all, these are just a few examples of a number of things that could be adversely impacting your efforts against incontinence. The CareGiver Partnership not only provides incontinenceproducts, but we work to help provide helpful information like this. In any case, consult your doctor before making dietary changes or shifts in medication in an attempt to decrease the likelihood or extremity of your incontinence issues.

About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit to learn more or contact us 1-800-985-1353.


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