Does Dehydration Really Increase Incontinence?
Does Dehydration really increase incontinence?
Do you tend to go a little bit too long without drinking water? Do you live in a dry and hot climate? Maybe you have a health condition that causes chronic dehydration?
Dehydration does have some links to poor bladder health and incontinence. But how common is it, and could dehydration be the cause behind your own issues with incontinence? Let’s take a look.
The Link Between Incontinence and Dehydration
Generally speaking, many people associate incontinence with drinking too much liquid in a very short amount of time. This makes sense, as the amount of urine your bladder has to hold increases with excessive water intake and results in more trips to the bathroom.
However, dehydration from a lack of drinking water can also be a cause behind incontinence. Not drinking enough water can result in highly concentrated urine in the bladder. When the urine inside the bladder contains too much salt, it can irritate your bladder and cause incontinence symptoms. Drinking more carbonated drinks such as soda instead of water can also cause bladder irritation.
Dehydration can also result in your body not functioning the way it should, which could lead to muscle spasms and other health concerns.
For many people who suffer from incontinence, it may seem like drinking less is the solution. It certainly isn’t-- and it can even cause worsened symptoms. Your body needs water to function at its best. Drink when you’re thirsty and always aim for eight glasses or two liters of water each day to be at your healthiest.
It’s rare for dehydration to result in chronic or constant incontinence, especially if one remedies how much water they drink. Incontinence that is long-lasting can be the result of any number of diseases and disorders, as well as pregnancy. It’s safe to say that incontinence caused by dehydration is temporary and an easy fix-- just drink more water!
Do you believe there is a substantial link between incontinence and dehydration? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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