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10 Ways to Keep Your Bladder Healthy

Most people take bladder control for granted. But for about a third of people ages 30 to 70, incontinence is a big issue. But there are steps you can take to keep your bladder healthy and minimize trouble if you do have incontinence.
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Avoiding voiding trouble

by Lynne Peeples

Most people take bladder control for granted—until it's gone. But for about a third of people ages 30 to 70, incontinence is a big issue.

"Urinary incontinence is embarrassing and isolating," says Shanna Atnip, a nurse practitioner at Parkland Health and Hospital System, in Dallas, and leader of the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates Continence Special Interest Group. "People may stop participating in activities they like to do, which can even lead to obesity."

But there are steps you can take to keep your bladder healthy and minimize trouble if you do have incontinence.

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