Common Causes for an Overactive Bladder… and How to Prevent It
An overactive bladder can be a sore subject for many. Both men and women feel shame if they have to go to the bathroom too often. It can create awkward social moments and even accidents. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat an overactive bladder. Here are some common causes and how to tackle them!
Diabetes is known to have numerous effects on the body, and one of them is an overactive bladder. You can damage the bladder, blood vessels, and nerves if you are not careful with maintaining medication. Don’t forget to eat healthily and watch your blood pressure. Also, if symptoms still persist talk with your doctor about how often you are urinating and how to mitigate it. Although you may have to live with diabetes, taking steps to take care of yourself can have many benefits, such as preventing an overactive bladder from becoming permanent.
Urinary tract infection
Although most common in women, men can also get urinary tract infections. Because the urinary tract is infected, it can send signals to the brain that you need to pee again. It can also send signals that you did not urinate enough. Even if you are not experiencing an overactive bladder, it is always wise to speak to your doctor or see a urologist to deal with this issue. They can make recommendations on medication based on your health condition. If you are having burning sensations, bloody urine, cloudy urine, or frequent urination you may have a urinary tract infection.
An enlarged prostate can also cause you to have an overactive bladder. There is no known cause for an enlarged prostate and is most commonly found in older men. It is also commonly referred to as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). There are many treatments from hormone blockers to changing your diet. However, whether you take a natural route or need surgery of some kind, it is best to see your doctor first and use preventive measures to keep your prostate healthy. BPH is common in almost all men, so don’t be afraid to have that conversation with your doctor. You are not alone in this!
Medicine side effects
Often overlooked when talking about an overactive bladder is medication – specifically, medicine side effects. Some medicines can have unintended consequences. If you have started a new medicine and notice an uptick in your urination, you may want to consult your doctor about the medicine. Hopefully, you can find an alternative and get confirmation that the medicine is causing a side effect. Just don’t stop taking your medicine until your doctor confirms that you can.
Too much alcohol or caffeine
If you are drinking multiple cans of soda and cups of coffee every day you may need to cut back. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can increase your urination. Cutting back will help lessen the irritation of your bladder and make you urinate less. Alcohol can cause you to involuntarily urinate if you drink too much. Implementing a couple of lifestyle changes can change these symptoms of your overactive bladder. Cut back on sodas, beer, and other related liquids. Work out daily or start working out three times a week. Losing that weight is going to be healthy for your bladder and the rest of your body. Eat a cleaner diet as well and you will start feeling better in no time!
You are older
As we age it can be harder to control our bodily functions. An overactive bladder can be common among older members of society. To negate this, try some kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Staying active and healthy will also help you as well. Consult with your doctor or urologist to figure out a plan that will work for you.
Smoking is horrible not only for your lungs, but your entire body. If you have multiple years of smoking under your belt, it may be the cause of your overactive bladder. Don’t let smoking control you, though. Talk to your doctor about the best way to quit and develop a plan for you.
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