The National Institute on Aging @NIA of the National Institutes of Health recently updated their website on the latest research on incontinence, known to most of us as ‘peeing your pants’ or ‘dribbling.’ It happens to both sexes as we age.
Today we are going to dispel some myths about male incontinence and make recommendations for how to anticipate and protect against the likelihood of ‘an accident.’ Accidental wetness or urinary urgency can be very limiting. Bladder and kidney infections can occur from improper management. In fact, the right protection builds confidence and makes every day brighter.
Straining muscles can trigger leaks. Have you heard anyone say; “I peed my pants from laughing so hard!” That’s right, the muscles of the bladder were working overtime but could not keep it all contained. This can also happen with strenuous exercise, lifting heavy objects or any other tasks that challenges the limits of your strength. We recommend adding a male guard into your underwear to as a precaution.
Certain diseases make ‘holding it’ problematic such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other dementia disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and strokes. These conditions can alter the bodies alert system to shorten the time between sending the signal to go and the release of urine which is referred to as urge incontinence. Use under pads on bedding and furniture and adult disposable cloth-like briefs in both day and night protection.
Overflow incontinence is associated with enlarged prostates, spinal cord injuries, diabetes and other medical conditions. The NIA site is filled with additional information on managing incontinence associated with bladder disorders. It is best to create a treatment plan with your primary care physician or urologist. We recommend adult protective underwear found on CreditForCaring where the Medline guide will help you select the right product.
The last category is called functional incontinence. Some men have good bladder control but cannot reach the bathroom in time due to other conditions such as problems getting out of chair or bed without assistance or getting to the bathroom fast enough. These issues with transfers and ambulation are especially difficult for bedridden and terminally ill people. We recommend a combination of under pads and protective underwear as well as a communication system to reach help when the urge hits.
We know this is a difficult subject to discuss since it represents some of the bodies most private parts and functions. Whether we admit it or not, we associate these problems with babies and being dependent. Senior and caregivers alike find these conversations as hard as the legal and financial issues of aging in every culture.
We created this #CreditForCaring men’s incontinence bundle giving you the best products and prices. Credit For Caring aims to recover some of your personal time and energy with our care management tools and resources. We believe that preserving human dignity and independence rank as the highest human aspiration despite any physical limitations that beset us. Our healthcare team believes in proactive planning for life’s what if’s.