10 Things That Can Make Incontinence Worse

Do you suffer from incontinence? You can cut down on symptoms by changing what you eat and drink.

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Avoiding incontinence

by Kristin Koch

Incontinence can happen to anyone, although it’s more common in women than in men.

“Mild urinary leakage affects most women at some time in our lives,” says Mary Rosser, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City. “Although it is more common in older women, younger women may experience leakage as well.”

You may have stress incontinence, urge incontinence, or some other type.

The good news is that there are treatments—and lifestyle changes—that can help.

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