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Your Morning Cup of Jo Won’t Make You Go (Urinate)

Many men and women suffer from urinary incontinence in Des Moines. The condition is typically an age related problem and it generally gets worse as people age further. You can always get treated for urinary incontinence in Des Moines and it is best to get started with a treatment as soon as possible.

Most men and especially women who have urinary incontinence are recommended not to consume caffeine in any form. Those who are at risk of developing urinary incontinence in Des Moines or those who have moderate incontinence are also asked to check on their caffeine consumption. It had been believed that caffeine increases the urge to urinate and that it actually worsens symptoms of incontinence. The recommendation has always been treated with disappointment by most women and men because many love their cup of coffee, tea, chocolate or soda.

In a recent study, it has been inferred that there is not substantial evidence to prove that caffeine causes urinary incontinence or worsens its symptoms, deteriorates the condition or prevents the treatment from working effectively.

The study was conducted at Harvard taking data of 21,500 women who had been subjected to two very large studies. Both the studies aimed at observing the health of US nurses, in practice from the 1970s through 1980s to the early 2000s. The women, when the study started, had mild or moderate urinary incontinence which was defined as those cases where the women leaked urine one to three times per month.

The caffeine consumption of these women was recorded and their experiences with the symptoms and state of urinary incontinence were studied. The women were questioned about how much caffeine they consumed in the form of coffee, tea, soda or chocolate. The women were questioned at the start of the study in early 2002 and at the end of the study as well, year end of 2003. Only 20% of all participants said their symptoms had gotten worse and they now leaked urine at least once per week. The percentage of women with urinary incontinence progression was similar across categories of baseline level of caffeine intake. Interestingly, there was no link of increased caffeine consumption with worsening symptoms of urinary incontinence.

The bottom line is that men and women suffering from urinary incontinence in Des Moines really do not have to let go off the coffee or chocolate completely. Moderate consumption of caffeine has no impacts, positive or negative, on urinary incontinence.

 

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