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Tips on How To Decrease Risk

As a condition that affects 1 in 3 women, it’s obvious that adult incontinence is extremely common. And while prevention isn’t always possible, that certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t reduce the risk!

One way is to maintain a healthy weight. While diet and exercise certainly play a role, it could be beneficial to first learn about and understand your Body Mass Index. The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of muscle, fat, and bone in an individual, and then categorize them as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. Once this is done, you can create your own regimen of light exercises!

A second way is to practice pelvic floor exercises. These can be done in the comfort of your own home. Kegel exercises are considered a classic method of strengthening the muscle tone of your pelvic floor.

A third way is to avoid pesky “bladder irritants.” These are basically consumables like caffeine and acidic foods that trigger negative reactions from within the bladder. These can include coffee, soda, spicy foods, and very citrusy fruits. If any of those are your favorites, sorry, but it may be time to find a new one.

Finally, try to eat more fiber! Go nuts with the nuts, grains, cereals, pastas, legumes, seeds, and vegetables to prevent constipation. And because constipation is a cause of bladder sensitivity and urinary incontinence, daily meals containing fiber-rich foods can help ease your symptoms and discomfort.

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