Diabetes, Obesity, and Celiac...Oh my! How your Health Impacts ABL

Type 2 diabetes and obesity can increase the risk factor for ABL.
Do you have accidental bowel leakage? Do you feel anxious about social situations because you never know if you are going to leak? Accidental bowel leakage or ABL impact millions of Americans but is often untalked about.

In fact, for many of those with ABL, treatment of diseases or conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and celiac can help to reduce or eliminate ABL symptoms.

People with diabetes, celiac, and other health concerns commonly experience problems with controlling their bladder and bowel. This can interfere with work, social life, and personal and sexual relationships.

Let’s talk about how these health conditions can impact ABL, and what can be done to reduce symptoms and manage ABL.

Often those with conditions such as Type 2 diabetes suffer from obesity. This can increase the risk factor for bowel incontinence. The pelvic floor muscles, which control the bladder and bowel are often put under too great of strain, as they must support most of your body weight, and this can stretch and weaken them, leading to leakage.

Various disease and conditions, such as poorly controlled diabetes can lead to nerve damage, called neuropathy, particularly in the feet. But it can also occur in the bladder and bowel. This means the bowel loses sensation, and thus there is less warning or urge to go. This can also mean poor emptying of the bowel due to lack of awareness. This can cause constipation, accidents, damage to the muscles, and more.

The immune system can be compromised by the afore mentioned conditions and diseases, which can lead to infections that cause problems like UTI’s, which can cause irritation and incontinence.

As you can see, health plays a role in ABL, and improving and treating the conditions or diseases can help to reduce ABL symptoms. Here are five things those suffering diabetes, obesity, or celiac can do to gain better control over their bowels.

1. Eat well.

A healthy diet that encourages proper bowel movement, is high in fiber, and healthy can reduce the likelihood of ABL.

2. Drink enough.

Not enough fluids can lead to constipation which can damage and stretch pelvic muscles and lead to ABL. Drink plenty of fluids, but stick to water and limit caffeine, alcohol and carbonated drinks.

3. Get some exercise.

Exercise regularly, as this will not only help combat obesity, but promote healthy bowels. Exercise the pelvic floor muscles. Doing kegel exercises and pinpointing the muscles that control the bowel can help to reduce symptoms.

4. Practice good toilet habits.
Go when you need to, don’t hold it. Get on a schedule if you can. Do not go “just in case” as this can be bad training for the bowel and bladder.

5. Manage with absorbent products.
While treating the conditions leading to ABL it is key to manage the symptoms of the ABL in order to lead a life of normalcy and dignity. The B-Sure Absorbent Pads are a great option for light to moderate ABL. They have a unique design for comfortable fit, and offer protection you can count on.

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