It is not uncommon for those of us dealing with Cerebral Palsy to have bladder problems, but it’s also not uncommon for other people to have bladder problems either, particularly as they age.
It is the kidney’s job to filter waste and water from the blood. The kidneys then excrete urine through the urethra to the bladder; then the bladder stores the urine until we urinate.
It is very important to keep the bladder free of infection and functioning normally. Highlighted below are some of the problems that can contribute to bladder problems. I have also highlighted some of the things we can do to avoid these problems.
- Maintaining a healthy weight, helps keep the bladder functioning normally. The bladder is put under enormous pressure when we’re overweight;
- Caffeine and spicy foods can act as an irritant to the urinary tract; which can affect the bladder. Drinks such as tea and coffee, which both contain caffeine, can also irritate the bladder. Beer and soda are also considered poor choices;
- Cranberry juice keeps the bladder healthy and is used to help prevent urinary tract infections;
- Pelvic floor exercises can help increase control of the bladder’s sphincter. The Exercise itself is easy and can be done by restricting the pelvic floor muscles by trying to prevent urination. The process can be repeated daily and can be done by both men and women;
- Problems with constipation can affect the bladder too. A regular consumption of both fibre and fluids will help keep the bladder functioning normally.
Of course, there are many other factors that should be taken into consideration. Women who have babies are more susceptible to weak bladders; ageing is also another common factor.
Incontinence although it is more common in women than men, usually happens through the ageing process. Incontinence in men can be brought about through prostate problems and can be controlled through various medications.