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Urinary Incontinence & Frequent Urination

Last Updated on November 27, 2021

Urinary Incontinence, the loss of bladder control, is a common and often embarrassing problem. It ranges from occasionally leaking urine, to urinating more frequently - usually eight or more times in 24 hours, to having an urge to urinate suddenly and need to get to a toilet quickly.

Some people experience urinary incontinence on a daily basis, whereas for others it only happens from time to time.

It can affect people of any age, although it's more common in the elderly. However, it isn't a normal part of ageing - most people need treatment for the condition.

Urinary incontinence can be caused by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems. For most people, dietary changes and certain medications can treat the symptoms.

Some causes of Urinary incontinence that can be curved through lifestyle changes are:

Hyperglycaemia

Symptoms of Hyperglycaemia or high blood sugar, may include needing to pee frequently and bladder infections. It can be a sign of prediabetes or diabetes. You should cut on sugar and consult your doctor.

Certain Foods & Drinks

Certain foods and drinks may act as diuretics - stimulating your bladder and increasing the volume of urine. They include:

  • Chili peppers
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated drinks & sparkling water
  • Citrus fruits
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Tomatoes
  • Chocolate

Certain Medications & Supplements

  • Heart and blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and muscle relaxants.
  • High Vitamin D Levels: Usually caused by consuming excessive amounts of vitamin D from supplements. Vitamin D supports calcium absorption in the body. However, when vitamin D levels rise drastically, calcium levels in the blood also increase thereby resulting in symptoms like frequent urination.
  • Creatine Supplementation: Excess creatine combined with excess water intake can lead to frequent urination. If you do find you need to pee a lot when taking creatine, it's probably a result of taking too much.

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