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In a previous blog, “Loss of Bladder Control at Night,” I discussed the causes, potential solutions and precautions to take for those of us with occasional bladder urgency or leakage. While the potential causes are many and varied, I’d like to discuss one in particular—excess weight.
Are You Weighing Your Bladder Down?
Those few extra pounds may be contributing to your occasional bladder leakage. Carrying excess weight often puts pressure and added stress on your bladder, which may lead to occasional leakage or urgency issues. Making small lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy weight can help improve bladder health and may help to reduce these annoying, embarrassing occasions of bladder leakage.
Be Mindful of Your Diet
Let’s talk about three food and beverage choices that are bad for your bladder: caffeine, alcohol, and acidic or spicy foods. If you have occasional night-time urgency or leakage issues, try to reduce your consumption of these foods and drinks as they can irritate the bladder, and exacerbate your symptoms.
Weight Management Tips
- Get a buddy to join you in your quest to manage your weight. The buddy system allows you to motivate each other and hold one another accountable.
- Increase your step-count. Try walking 10,000 steps a day (every day, no excuses). There are tons of apps and wearable tech than can help you keep track!
- Avoid simple carbs, including all added sugars and syrups.
- Add AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management to your daily routine. AZO Bladder Control® & Weight Management is formulated with Synetrim® CQ to help support serotonin balance, which helps promote metabolic health for weight management.* Its naturally-sourced ingredients can safely help reduce your urge to go to the bathroom and help manage your weight.
These lifestyle changes may help you manage a healthy weight and avoid added pressure on your bladder. But remember, these suggestions should not substitute medical advice from your primary care physician. It is important to check with your physician to rule out any serious medical conditions or infections.
Feel free to send questions to Dr. Roizen^ at AgeProoflife@gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @YoungDrMike and get updates on the latest and most important medical stories of the week.
ABOUT DR. MIKE ROIZEN:
Dr. Mike Roizen^ MD, a paid spokesperson for AZO, is the first Chief Wellness Officer at any major health care institution. He is a professor at the Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He founded RealAge (RealAge.com), co-invented a drug now approved by the F.D.A., helped start 12 other companies and co-authored 9 books on health including four New York Times #1 best sellers on health. He also has chaired an F.D.A. advisory committee and was an editor for 6 medical journals.
^ Dr. Roizen is a paid spokesperson for AZO® products.