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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