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Incontinence FAQs (cont.)

What lifestyle and health factors reduce the likelihood of incontinence?

The following lifestyle habits can help you maintain bladder and urinary health:

  • Urinate regularly, and do not delay having bowel movements.

  • Drink adequate fluids, 6-8 cups a day, to maintain a urinary output of 50 ounces per day, more if you are exercising or sweating due to hot weather.

  • Limit alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

  • If you smoke, quit.

  • Maintain a healthy weight (body mass index <25).

  • Eat a healthy diet low in fat, sugar, and salt.

  • Limit consumption of spicy foods, chocolate, and citrus or acidic fruits.

  • Exercise regularly. Kegel exercises (exercises that strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor) also help women strengthen muscles used during urination.
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