Overactive Bladder/Urinary Incontinence
Having an overactive bladder means that you get sudden urges to urinate.
There are several types of urinary inconsistence, which include:
- Stress incontinence: You leak urine when you put pressure on your bladder through laughing, exercising or coughing.
- Urge incontinence: You have an intense urge to urinate, which is followed by an uncontrolled loss of urine. You may also need to urinate more often, even during the nighttime.
- Overflow incontinence: You have frequent dribbling of urine due to a bladder that does not completely empty.
- Functional incontinence: A physical ailment (i.e. arthritis) makes it difficult for you to reach the bathroom in time.
- Mixed incontinence: You are experiencing multiple types of urinary incontinence.
As you get older, the chances of developing an overactive bladder are increased. You are also at a greater risk of diseases and disorders, which can impact how your bladder functions. Researchers have found that individuals with cognitive decline (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease) are more likely to develop an overactive bladder.
When Should You See A Doctor
There is a common misconception that an overactive bladder is a sign of ageing. If frequent urges to urinate are disrupting your life, you should talk about it with your doctor. They may be able to prescribe you treatments that might minimize symptoms.
The following healthy lifestyle choices will reduce your chances of developing an overactive bladder
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Regular physical activity and exercise
- Managing chronic conditions, like diabetes, which may impact the functionality of your bladder
- Quit smoking