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3 lifestyle changes to get your bladder under control

Urinary incontinence is a common problem and it affects millions of people worldwide. Doctors are able to recommend treatment plans and help you to identify the cause of urinary incontinence.

Changing your lifestyle, in some case can also help to control your bladder. The following steps can help to reduce accidents, and help you to live your life again.

Reduce caffeine and alcohol

Caffeine and alcohol have a diuretic effect – meaning that they may cause the need to urinate. It could be that limiting or avoiding tea, coffee, wine and chocolate for example will help your to manage your symptoms.

Stop using artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners also act as a diuretic, just like caffeine. Some artificial sweeteners, including sodium saccharine, acesulfame K, and aspartame can irritate your bladder.

If you can’t resist using artificial sweeteners try stevia-sweetened products instead. According to the National Association for Continence, stevia doesn’t appear to cause bladder irritation.

Avoid bladder irritants

Try to reduce or cut out the following foods:
citrus fruits
spicy foods
foods that contain corn syrup

Research source
Last medically reviewed on September 19, 2016
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