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8 Things That Can Make You Unable To Hold Your Urine, Lifestyle Choices And Foods To Avoid

When the kidneys have finished filtering the blood to remove waste materials and urine has been formed, the formed urine would move to the bladder as the walls of the bladder would relax and expand for urine to enter. In a bid to remove urine from the bladder, the walls of the bladder would then contract and flatten to allow urine to move outside the body via the urethra.

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However, in some people, the process that sees to it that the walls of the bladder contract and flatten for the removal of urine from the body can be affected, resulting in what is known as loss of bladder control or urinary incontinence. It is a highly embarrassing but common condition, and in many people, they would experience leakage of urine when they sneeze or cough.

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In some other people with severe cases of urinary incontinence, they may have a sudden urge to urinate and if they fail to get to the restroom on time, they may urinate on themselves. Urinary incontinence can be of five (5) types and their symptoms differ. The 5 types of urinary incontinence include:

1. Stress incontinence - in this, you may experience urine leakage when you stress or exert pressure on your bladder by sneezing, coughing, exercising or lifting a heavy thing.

2. Urge incontinence - in this type, you would have a sudden urge to urinate and if you don't reach the toilet on time, you may experience an involuntary loss of urine.

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3. Overflow incontinence - a person affected by this type of incontinence would experience constant dribbling of urine because his/her bladder does not empty.

4. Functional incontinence - this occurs when an impairment which could be physical or mental prevents you from getting to the toilet on time.

5. Mixed incontinence - you may experience urge and stress incontinence together in mixed incontinence.

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Loss of bladder urine can be caused by a number of factors. Some of the common causes include the following:

1. Constipation

2. Age

3. Certain foods and drinks

4. Enlarged prostate

5. Prostate cancer

6. Pregnancy

7. Menopause

8. Urinary tract infections.

A few lifestyle choices can also contribute to the risk of urinary incontinence in many people and it may be wise to avoid such lifestyle choices. Such lifestyle choices include smoking, being obese or overweight, consumption of less fibre and the consumption of foods that easily irritate the bladder. Seeing as the intake of certain foods can cause loss of bladder control, it is recommended you avoid such foods.

A few examples of them are highlighted below:

1. Alcohol

2. Caffeine (Coffee and tea)

3. Carbonated drinks and sparkling water

4. Artificial sweeteners

5. Chocolate

6. Chili peppers and spicy foods

7. Sugary and/or acidic foods such as citrus fruits

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