November is Bladder Health Month which is dedicated to raising awareness about bladder health.
“Bladder issues can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life, including their social interactions, work, activities, sleep and relationships,” says urologist Dr. Melanie Ketchandji of Utica Park Clinic. “A common condition is overactive bladder, which affects about 33 million Americans. The real number of people with overactive bladder may be higher because many don’t seek treatment.”
As many as 40% of women and 30% of men in the United States live with symptoms of overactive bladder, according to the American Urological Association.
These include a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate as well as going to the bathroom many times during the day and night.
Tips for Reducing Urinary Frequency
Pay close attention to your diet and body. Certain food and drinks are bladder irritants. These include
caffeinated and carbonated beverages as well as acidic and spicy food. Modifying your diet can reduce symptoms.
“If you are running to the bathroom nonstop, consider what you ate or drank,” Dr. Ketchandji says. “Keeping a food and drink journal can also help you evaluate and identify irritants causing your increased frequency and urgency. Cutting down on these can make a big difference.”
Many think bladder issues like overactive bladder are a normal part of aging, not realizing that treatment is available.
“While some symptoms may increase with aging, treatment can help you have the quality of life you want,” Dr. Ketchandji says. “Anyone suffering from bladder issues should discuss them with their primary care provider. Many times, patients are uncomfortable bringing them up until they learn about a friend or family member who was facing similar problems and received treatment. Now they can get out and play chess or cards with their friends, or whatever activity they may have been avoiding.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Ketchandji practices urology in Pryor and Tulsa. To schedule an appointment at either location, call 918-579-3130.