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When to Seek Medical Care and Nonsurgical Treatment
Urinary incontinence affects about 13 million people in the United States, predominantly women. This includes 10% to 35% of adults and 50% of the 1.5 million residents in nursing homes. As many as 60% of nursing home patients are incontinent, while 30% of elderly people living at home are incontinent.
Urinary incontinence is an underdiagnosed and underreported medical problem. About 50% to 70% of women with urinary incontinence do not go to the doctor for treatment because of the social stigma. People with incontinence often live with this condition for six to nine years before seeking medical therapy. Living with urinary incontinence puts people at risk for rashes, sores, and skin and urinary tract infections. Effective treatments for this common problem are available in many cases.
Urinary Incontinence Nonsurgical Treatment
Some foods can worsen symptoms of urinary frequency and urge incontinence. Changes in diet can help improve some people's symptoms. Monitoring the diet often requires reading food labels and avoiding foods and drinks that contain stimulants. Stimulants worsen the symptoms of urinary urgency and frequency.
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