Frequent trips to the bathroom resulting from overactive bladder (OAB) are common for those living with diabetes. That’s because diabetes may damage the blood vessels and nerves in the bladder that help regulate bladder control and the urge to urinate.
Managing your weight, following the diet recommended by your doctor, and performing pelvic exercises that may strengthen bladder muscles can help control incontinence and rein in an overactive bladder.
Additionally, these five tips can also provide better control of OAB.
Watch your fluid intake. A British study says reducing fluid intake by 25 percent significantly reduced overactive bladder symptoms and the need to get up during the night to go to the bathroom.
Drink only when you feel thirsty. A survey conducted for Rockefeller University and the International Bottled Water Association found Americans drink an average of six cups of water a day. Add in soda, coffee, tea, milk, juice, sports drinks and alcoholic beverages and that average fluid consumption rose to 17.6 cups a day. That’s enough to have you urinating every waking hour, even if you don't have a problem with bladder capacity. And when you are parched, sip, don't guzzle. The faster your bladder fills, the more likely you are to feel the urgency to go to the bathroom.
Use a small glass. To reduce the urgency to urinate after drinking, don't drink more than eight ounces at a time. And remember, an 8-ounce cup is only two-thirds of a standard soda can.
Cut out caffeine. According to Mayo Clinic, caffeinated beverages may worsen symptoms in some people. One recent study found caffeine can trigger a quicker and more urgent need to urinate than drinking water. If that’s the case, do your best to drink decaf coffee and teas. And beware of foods like chocolate that may contain caffeine, too.
Set a timer. Cut down on nighttime trips to the bathroom by avoiding drinking anything at least one hour before bedtime.