SATURDAY, June 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Women trying to hold their urine during the day may want to reconsider this strategy.
It’s time to “get up and walk,” according to the Urology Care Foundation, which encourages women to be proactive about their urological health.
That, of course, means getting up and going to the bathroom if you have to. But the foundation also suggests a number of activities a woman can get up and walk to do, maintain self-sufficiency that can benefit your urological health.
“Our goal is to help women understand what steps they can take to improve not just their urological health, but their overall health,” said Dr. Harris Nagler, president of the Urology Care Foundation – part of the American Urological Association – in a foundation press release.
Several urology-related conditions that can affect women include overactive bladder, urinary tract infections, incontinence, interstitial cystitis, and bladder cancer.
There are several reasons to get up and go to the bathroom, including the fact that holding urine for too long can weaken your bladder muscles over time. This can lead to problems such as incontinence and not completely emptying the bladder. The foundation suggests urinating every three to four hours during the day.
The foundation also recommends getting up frequently to drink water, as dehydration can lead to concentrated urine that can irritate your bladder.
Two more tips: get up and go for a walk and take time to relax. Exercise can help prevent bladder problems and maintain a healthy weight. The foundation suggests walking for 30 minutes a day. For relaxation, the experts recommend mindful meditation, which can reduce the frequency and urgency of overactive bladder episodes and calm the mind and body.
The US National Institute on Aging offers additional Tips for a healthy bladder.
SOURCE: Urology Care Foundation, press release, May 3, 2021