A sensitive bladder isn’t always an easy thing to figure out. It can be caused by many different conditions, some risk factors just can’t be avoided, like natural hormonal changes and muscle loss due to aging and menopause, pregnancy or childbirth.
Obesity, on the other hand, is one factor that you can control. Find out how it’s related to urinary incontinence and what you can do to help manage your weight, your risk of diabetes and the chances of weight worsening your bladder leaks.
Notice a few more pounds in a few more places? It happens to most women during pregnancy and then again in their menopausal years. But here’s how a few extra pounds can affect your sensitive bladder.
- Carrying extra weight in the midsection of your body can increase your chances of experiencing urinary incontinence.
- Excess weight in your abdominal area puts pressure on your bladder, weakening your pelvic floor and urethral structures, making bladder leaks more likely.
- Accentuated by obesity, everyday actions such as sneezing, coughing or kneeling can prompt stress incontinence leaks.
- It is estimated that 46% to 67% of obese women experience incontinence. Studies have found that weight loss can help to reduce or eliminate symptoms of an overactive bladder.
Talk to your doctor about how to reduce your weight and manage your sensitive bladder symptoms so that you can live a healthier, more active life.
Type 2 diabetes increases the risk and the severity of your sensitive bladder. Also, an unhealthy weight, which is connected with Type 2 diabetes, can cause urinary incontinence because the extra weight stresses your pelvic floor muscles. Similar to incontinence caused by obesity, you can reduce your chances of bladder leaks if you are able to maintain a healthy weight. Here are some great reasons to manage your weight, and your risk of diabetes or existing diabetes condition.
- Diabetes increases glucose levels, and continued high glucose levels in the blood cause fluid to be pulled from tissues, increasing thirst and the need to drink. This can result in more frequent urination in women with diabetes.
- Diabetes damages nerves, including the nerves that control the bladder.
- Some medications for diabetes cause fluid retention or cough, worsening bladder sensitivity.
- Diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes, increases the risk of carrying a large baby and, subsequently, the pressure on your bladder.
An easy way to determine if obesity or diabetes is one factor affecting your incontinence is to keep a journal over the course of a week. Getting an accurate diagnosis from your doctor really depends on giving the right information. By answering these questions, you can help your doctor understand the situation better.
- What happened immediately before bladder leaks occur? For example, did you laugh, kneel or sneeze?
- Did you drink anything beforehand?
- Were you moving around or stationary when it happened? What exactly were you doing?
- What medications are you taking?
- Have your symptoms changed over time?
With the right information, and your commitment to weight management, you and your doctor can manage your overactive bladder together.
Taking Control Today
Urinary incontinence usually can’t be solved overnight, but there’s one thing you can do today. You can manage your bladder leaks with the right incontinence products. And that doesn’t have to mean adult diapers! Our unique ALWAYS DISCREET liners, ALWAYS DISCREET pad options and ALWAYS DISCREET underwear are specifically designed to control overactive bladder leaks discreetly. They come in the size and absorbency you need for move-all-you-want protection so bladder leaks feel like no big deal.