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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Do Kegel exercises

Best known for their benefits in the bedroom, Kegels involve squeezing and relaxing the muscles of the pelvic floor, which connects via nerves to the bladder. Kegels are a good way to maintain lifelong bladder control.

"It is especially important to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles before you have children, and then in between your children," says Dr. Rabin, noting that childbirth can damage the natural support for the bladder and urethra.

It's a good idea for men and women, whether young or old, to practice Kegels routinely, says Atnip.

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