Five common mistakes men make when peeing that can cause serious health problems
PEEING is an automatic habit but there are common mistakes men make that can jeopardize their health.
Mistake 1; ‘Don’t ignore’ blood in urine as it is a cancer symptom
When you do the same thing every day, it is easy to fall into bad habits. This becomes a problem when it starts to interfere with your health.
Mistake 2; Holding in the urge to pee is an ill-judged decision
“It’s important not to hold in the urge to pee should you need to. Leakage may occur as a result of not making it to the toilet in time.
“Furthermore, over-stretching of the bladder can lead to health complications as you age.”
Mistake 3; Not taking the time to empty the bladder fully.
“Quite often you may be in a rush, but it’s important to ensure the bladder is emptied.”
It is important to realize that if you are having difficulty emptying the bladder, this may indicate a more serious health condition such as an enlarged prostate which is prevalent with aging in men.
Mistake 4; Going to pee too often can also present hidden health risks.
This can instill the urge to empty the bladder on a basis that is disruptive to everyday life.
“While it’s important to go to avoid leakage, it’s equally important to realize if you are going too often, and if necessary, see a specialist.”
Peeing too often can also signal an underlying condition.
Mistake 5; Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine.
It’s a common problem thought to affect millions of people.
Types of urinary incontinence.
Stress incontinence – when urine leaks out at times when your bladder is under pressure; for example, when you cough or laugh
Urge incontinence – when urine leaks as you feel a sudden, intense urge to pee, or soon afterward
Overflow incontinence (chronic urinary retention) – when you’re unable to fully empty your bladder, which causes frequent leaking
Total incontinence – when your bladder cannot store any urine at all, which causes you to pass urine constantly or have frequent leaking.
Note; “It’s also possible to have a mixture of both stress and urge urinary incontinence.
“See a General Practitioner if you have any type of urinary incontinence.”
How to improve bladder control:
Exercises can strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor .
Treatments for poor bladder control are becoming more effective and less invasive.
According to Harvard Health, exercises can help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, shoring up those that control both bladder and bowel.
“Surgical options include less invasive outpatient procedures that can work as well as older, open surgical procedures.