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10 Foods to Avoid if You Have Urinary Incontinence

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jul 27, 2016 9:27:03 AM


If you have urinary incontinence, you may feel strong, sudden urges to pee, especially during the night. Eating or drinking certain things can make symptoms worse, mainly because your bladder is sensitive to irritants that can trigger the urge to go.

Paying attention to these triggers—and avoiding them if possible—can go a long way toward cutting down on sudden bathroom trips. Here are 10 types of food and drink that can worsen your need to go.

  1. You may want to reconsider reaching for hot pepper sauce at every meal or always eating sushi with wasabi. For pretty much the same reason that hot, spicy foods can make your mouth burn, it is thought they can irritate the bladder lining and worsen symptoms.
  2. Cranberry juice helps fight off bladder infections, but it can be a culprit in worsening overactive bladder symptoms. The berries' acidity can irritate the bladder, and although its diuretic action helps flush out the bladder and urethra, it will also make you go more frequently.
  3. It makes sense that if too much caffeine can make you jittery, it also can make your overactive bladder jumpy. So if you're a coffee or tea lover, stick to one cup—and be prepared for the consequences. And be aware that cocoa and chocolate also pack a caffeine punch.
  4. Like caffeine, alcohol is a diuretic and a bladder irritant. So drinking a beer is a triple whammy, because you're consuming liquid, accelerating the rate at which your kidneys are gathering water, and forcing the bladder to empty more often. If you do drink stick to a single glass of wine or liquor per day.
  5. Bubbly drinks can tickle your bladder as well as your nose. What's more, soda often contains caffeine, sugar, or artificial sweeteners—all of which are overactive-bladder triggers in their own right.
  6. Acidic foods and drinks, such as grapefruits and orange juice, can also irritate your bladder, Dr. Winkler says. But don't let citrus scare you away from other fruits, such as apples, blueberries, and pears, which provide key nutrients as well as a healthy dose of fiber. Eating fruit also helps stave off constipation, which can sometimes plague people with overactive bladder.
  7. Tomatoes, like citrus, are quite acidic. If you can't bear the thought of life without tomato sauce, some chefs swear adding a little sugar can make your ragu or Bolognese less acidic, although others argue that the sugar just masks the acid taste.
  8. Real sugar—and artificial versions such as Splenda—can worsen the symptoms of overactive bladder for some people. Even honey can cause problems. If you find that sweeteners give you bladder trouble, try to cut them out of your diet, or use as little as possible.
  9. Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, most famous as a flavor enhancer used liberally in some Chinese restaurants, lurks in other foods as well. And for some people, MSG is a trigger of overactive bladder symptoms. Luckily, plenty of Chinese restaurants are now MSG-free. If you are MSG-sensitive, carefully read the labels of soups, stocks, salad dressings, canned vegetables, frozen entrées, and foods containing whey or soy protein to make sure they are free of the additive.
  10. The adage that drinking eight to 10 glasses of water per day is good for you turns out not always to be true. So there's no reason for you to overload on liquids, which for obvious reasons can aggravate an overactive bladder. Drinking too little liquid can be a problem, too, because it can lead to overly concentrated urine, which is also a bladder irritant.

Topics: external catheter for men, diaper alternatives, incontinence

What is the secret behind The TRUE Pursuit of Happiness and Longevity? (VIDEO)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jul 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Throughout the years, many retired people have made this statement to Wendy LaTorre, of BioDerm – that they’ve never heard a fellow retiree say “I should have worked a lot harder and a lot longer!"  Wendy shares a study that examines the pursuit of happiness and longevity for a group of men. Watch and you'll discover the secret as well!

Topics: Video Blogs, medical research, Health Literacy

See Our New TV Spot Before It's Broadcast Nationally

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jul 19, 2016 10:13:47 AM

Topics: wheelchair, Video Blogs, diaper alternatives, Medicare, Patient Stories, insurance, incontinence, BioDerm

Understanding Incontinence is Your Best Defense

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jul 14, 2016 12:00:37 PM


There are some unbelievable stories that float around concerning urinary incontinence. I like to term these stories, “Incontinence myths." I’ll do my best to explain the difference between incontinence myths and true facts, as believing the myths can harm your ability to deal effectively with you urinary incontinence.

The first story I hear all the time is that people who have incontinence have small bladders. Not true…that’s one of those incontinence myths. We’re all born with a normal sized bladder, which is the correct size for our body. Because you may urinate often, you may think your bladder is too small and therefore fills up quickly, resulting in the urge to urinate. Forget that logic…your bladder is not too small. The only exception to a normal sized bladder, which we are all born with, is if someone has had bladder surgery to purposely reduce the size of the bladder. But this is an anomaly. So forget about the small bladder syndrome…it’s a myth.

The second story I hear often is that to stop incontinence you need to cut back on drinking liquids. This theory also falls in the category of incontinence myths. If you suffer from incontinence you may be tempted to drink less, but this can make the urine more concentrated, aggravating the bladder and making it more active. The very best advice is to drink moderately in small amounts throughout the day rather than gulping large cups of liquid at one time. A good rule of thumb is if you’re thirsty or if your lips are dry, drink. If you’re not thirsty, don’t drink. Pretty simple. Get in the habit of sipping water between meals to get your liquid requirement for the day. Remember, drinking less liquid than your body requires can lead to dehydration. Truly a myth!

This story I just heard the other day. A good friend of mine honestly believed that incontinence affects only old people. Again, this is another incontinence myth. Incontinence is actually very common. One in eight men experience incontinence at some point in their lives. Incontinence affects more people under the age of 53 than over. Incontinence is not a normal part of aging…and aging alone does not cause incontinence. Dispel this myth!

Another one of the many incontinence myths I hear all the time is that Kegal exercises only work for women. Kegel exercises certainly work for men and are just as effective for men as they are for women. Regular Kegel exercises can prevent and, in some cases, even reverse incontinence. It is important that one learns how to do Kegel exercises correctly. Once learned, it is recommended that they be done on average three times each day. If you follow that exercise regimen, you should see improvement because you will be strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, which keep the bladder from dropping.

The final and most upsetting myth I hear from people is that the only way to treat incontinence is to wear unsanitary diapers or dangerous condom catheters. This is a major falsehood. I believe, as do the thousands of our satisfied customers, that the better solution is the Men’s Liberty.

Men’s Liberty is made from BioDerm’s proprietary medical adhesive, hydrocolloid, that creates a secure, skin friendly seal around the urinary opening to ensure that all urine caused by leakage is collected in a small pouch that hides discreetly in your pants. Simpler, better, and definitely safer than the alternatives.

BioDerm provides an excellent training program for application and use of the product. Another benefit is that Medicare helps pay for the Men’s Liberty external catheters; Medicare does not pay for diapers or absorbents that you purchase from your local drugstore.

Call our care team today at 1-800-814-3174. They are here to help you.

Topics: customer care, medical research, diaper alternatives, Health Literacy, incontinence

Are Prescription Drugs the Answer?

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jul 6, 2016 3:32:19 PM


I’m sure most of you feel the same way as I do when you’re watching TV and one of those urinary incontinence commercials pops up from the drug manufacturers. The purpose of the commercial is to inform the viewer that urinary incontinence symptoms will cease when you take “the little colored” pill.  The first things you see and hear are all of the good things about their drug…then, you hear the less than good news; you know… “tell your doctor if you have this or that health conditions”  or  “if you have difficulty breathing, call your doctor immediately”  or  “if you get swelling of the face, throat or tongue, call your doctor immediately” and the one that always scares me the most, “in certain instances this drug can cause death”.  What? Did I hear that right, “this drug can cause death”. Forget that nonsense!  The drug company is literally asking us to take a drug that has the possibility of causing death because the viewer may have to go to the bathroom more often than usual or because he may wet his pants occasionally …No thank you, Mr. Drug Company!  

I always believe that every man should speak with their personal healthcare professional about their incontinence. Just remember, it’s your health, so it’s up to you to decide how you want to treat your incontinence! So, why are the drug companies making these drugs for your doctor to consider prescribing to you that could cause death? 

I’ll tell you what’s going on. Drug companies always follow the numbers. The numbers drive the decisions as to whether or not they should invest in developing a new drug for an illness. But, keep in mind that urinary incontinence is not an illness…it’s a condition that can be effectively managed. I can assure you that you will never ever read a death certificate that has urinary incontinence listed as the cause of death. So, if it’s not an illness, why have several drug companies bothered to invest millions of dollars to develop drugs that simply allay the symptoms of urinary incontinence?

The answer to that question is that drug companies have studied the numbers and found that as many as 47 million Americans, 40 years of age or older, have overactive bladder symptoms, also known as OAB. These symptoms include a sudden urgency to urinate, which can sometimes lead to accidental wetting. Is that a reason to take “the little colored pill” for the rest of your life?  Again, I say, “I don’t think so!” Especially when you consider all of those horrible side effects that they mention on the TV commercials.

A better solution is to approach early symptoms of urinary incontinence with an understanding of the condition as well as knowledge of the alternative products that have a proven history of successfully dealing with male incontinence. Don’t be fooled by the overwhelming number of TV commercials by the numerous drug companies. They don’t have to tell you what you should be doing…your own instincts and common sense tells you that there is a better way to deal with your urinary incontinence.  

We all know that better way is the Men’s Liberty. Men’s Liberty is the only external urine collection device in the world that not only is a sensible alternative to drugs, but also replaces unsanitary diapers and dangerous condom catheters for men with urinary incontinence.

So, you might ask, how does it work? Men’s Liberty is made from our proprietary medical adhesive, hydrocolloid, which creates a secure, skin friendly seal around the urinary opening to ensure that all urine caused by leakage is collected in a small pouch that hides discreetly in your pants. Simpler, better, and definitely safer than the alternatives.

BioDerm provides an excellent training program for application and use of the product. Another benefit is that Medicare helps pay for the Men’s Liberty external catheters; Medicare does not pay for diapers or absorbents that you purchase from your local drugstore.

Call our care team today at 1 800 814 3174. They are here to help you.

Topics: incontinence

Lethal Recipe (VIDEO)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jul 5, 2016 11:00:00 PM

We're sharing a cautionary tale from a client's letter about mixing medications unknowingly.  Find out why we advocate in finding someone who WILL take the time to enter your prescriptions AND YOUR SUPPLEMENTS into a database that checks for bad combinations.

Topics: Video Blogs, hospital errors, Health Literacy, incontinence

Even “The Greatest” Suffer from Incontinence

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jun 28, 2016 10:02:08 AM


Many times during your individual journey in dealing with incontinence, you might feel like you’re alone. Luckily, that isn’t the case. Currently, there are over 25 million Americans who experience some form of incontinence. This condition is much more common than you would think. Every day, thousands of people are becoming aware of their incontinence and of the best methods to deal with it. Among these men there are many celebrities who have opened up about facing their urinary challenges to let others know that even “The Greatest” suffer from incontinence.

Recently passing away, Muhammad Ali is widely considered the best pound for pound boxer of all time. Later in life, during his fight with Parkinson’s disease, Ali suffered from incontinence. On his condition, Ali stated, “Now the things that once were so effortless – simple things like talking or controlling when I go – are more difficult. But I get up every day and try to live life to the fullest because each day is a gift from God.”

Stephen King is famous for his prolific number of hit novels, which include popular titles such as The Stand, Carrie, and The Shining. King had a bladder cancer scare during which he developed frequent urination. When the issue first occurred, the author believed that it was going to be bladder cancer and that he was done for. He soon discovered that he had a simple urinary tract infection. Though his treatment was totally effective, King keeps incontinence collection products at his bedside, saying, “You never know when you’re going to need these at my age.”

Famous for starring in several successful box-office hits, including Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, and The Avengers, Samuel L. Jackson developed a loss of bladder control in his late 40s. Initially he was embarrassed, but was soon after quoted saying, “I realized that this was a problem that millions of Americans deal with every day.” The actor soon invested in incontinence collection devices, wearing them often while working on movie sets.

As starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo has been a Pro Bowl level talent who is much loved by the fans. While preparing for the 2009 NFL season, Romo developed a serious bladder infection. The infection resulted in the athlete being diagnosed with overactive bladder (OAB). To stay on the field, Romo wears incontinence collection devices during all practices.

Unfortunately, much like many of our customers, these celebrities have probably resorted to using unsanitary adult diapers or dangerous condom catheters. For ease of use and the freedom it provides, we of course suggest Men’s Liberty as the healthy alternative. BioDerm provides an excellent training program for application and use of the product. Another benefit is that Medicare helps pay for the Men’s Liberty external catheters; Medicare does not pay for diapers or absorbents that you purchase from your local drugstore.

Call our care team today at 1 800 814 3174. They are here to help you.

Topics: Interesting Articles

What to Expect When You Talk to Your Doctor About Incontinence

Posted by Andy Orrell on Jun 23, 2016 3:10:29 PM


Don't let the fear of bladder accidents ever keep you from an active life filled with work, friends, and family. Incontinence isn't a normal part of aging, or something you just have to live with. There are plenty of things you can do. The sooner you call your doctor, the faster you can get treated.

It's not easy to talk about incontinence. That's why men wait, on average, three years before they get help. Take the first step and call your doctor. He might refer you to a specialist who treats urinary conditions. At your first visit, ask if your diet, health problems, or medicine could be causing the problem.

Before your doctors can treat your incontinence, they need to know what kind it is. If you release urine when you cough, laugh, or sneeze, that's likely stress incontinence. If you have a sudden need to go before leakage happens, that's probably urge incontinence. Some people have a combination of the two.

Your doctor will examine you and ask about your health, symptoms, medicines you take, and the type of accidents you have. He or she might suggest you keep a diary to record every time you go to the bathroom or have wetness.

Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms and rule out any medical conditions and may order tests to check for infections or other problems, as well as a bladder stress test.

There are things you can do to try and control your incontinence. These include scheduling your bathroom visits at regular intervals -- for instance, every 2 hours. If you have to go before the time is up, use Kegels or relaxation techniques to hold it in until the urge passes. After a while, hopefully you'll train yourself to go less often, with longer and longer periods between restroom breaks.

These few routine changes can help prevent leaks and get you back to your favorite activities. However, don't stop drinking fluids -- you'll get dehydrated. Limit each drink to 6 to 8 ounces, and don't have them within 2 to 4 hours of bedtime.

Also, avoid caffeine, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners, which increase the urge to go. If you're overweight, drop a few pounds to ease pressure on your bladder. And don't smoke. It's bad for your bladder, too.

What if after all of this you’re still experiencing incontinence?

Where women may not yet have the choice and must resort to absorbents, men have a choice: absorbents or catheters (both internal and external). For ease of use and the freedom it provides, we of course suggest Men’s Liberty. BioDerm provides an excellent training program for application and use of the product. Another benefit is that Medicare helps pay for the Men’s Liberty external catheters; Medicare does not pay for diapers or absorbents that you purchase from your local drugstore.

Topics: CathGrip, incontinence, BioDerm, adult diapers

Getting Back in the Game (VIDEO)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jun 23, 2016 1:11:01 PM

We’ve all experienced some setbacks in life.  It could be financial, losing a beloved family member, friend or co-worker, divorce, a lay-off, our health, and many other things – including urinary incontinence. One of the hardest things to do when we’re experiencing adversity is to keep our heads held high, and “get back in the game.”  Wendy LaTorre looks at staying off the sidelines.

Topics: Video Blogs, diaper alternatives, Health Literacy, incontinence, compassion

"The Ugly Truth About Diapers" (VIDEO)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Jun 14, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Many of our Men's Liberty clients find us due to all the horrible side effects created by wearing disposable adult diapers. Wendy LaTorre shares some startling facts about adult diapers and why they are not a great solution for men with urinary incontinence.

Topics: Video Blogs, diaper alternatives, Health Literacy, incontinence

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