Is an Overactive Bladder Interfering in Your Activities?

August 05, 2019
Is an Overactive Bladder Interfering in Your Activities? Health News Magazine, Texoma Medical Center, Denison, Texas

As people age, many people experience accidental leaking of urine or a strong, sudden urge to go to the bathroom, especially when they are active. But you may be able to improve or better control symptoms by modifying your diet. What you drink and eat can make symptoms better – or worse.

To drink or not to drink

You may think you need to limit how much you drink if you have an overactive bladder, but it’s still important to get enough fluids. This prevents dehydration, which can lead to urinary tract infection, constipation and bladder irritation. These all increase the urge to go. Water should be your go-to beverage. Limit or avoid the following beverages because they may irritate your bladder:

  • Caffeinated drinks — Limiting daily caffeine intake to 100 milligrams may help reduce symptoms of overactive bladder. That’s about the amount in one cup of coffee.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Artificially sweetened drinks
  • Acidic fruit juices

The best way to get in your daily fill of fluid is to spread it out throughout the day. Sip small amounts at a time and limit how much you drink before bed.

Foods to avoid

Excess weight puts added pressure on your bladder, so losing weight may help reduce symptoms. A diet rich in fiber from whole foods also helps prevent constipation, which is a known trigger for urinary incontinence. Some foods that can irritate your bladder and make symptoms worse include:

  • Spicy foods
  • Acidic foods, such as tomatoes and citrus fruits
  • Salty foods
  • Chocolate, or any food that contains caffeine

Get more health and wellness info >

Join Senior Advantage — It's free!

The TMC Senior Advantage Program is open to those age 55 and older. As a member, you get access to:

  • Health screenings
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Cafeteria and gift shop discounts
  • Health News newsletter and more

For more information on Senior Advantage, call 903-416-5546.