Unlocking the Secrets to a Healthy Bladder: 10 Expert Tips for Older Men

Bladder health for older men might not be the most scintillating topic at the dinner table, but it’s a crucial aspect of overall well-being that’s often overlooked. Instead of waiting for warning signs to appear, why not take proactive steps to maintain a healthy bladder? Here are ten tips explicitly tailored for older gentlemen to help you stay ahead in the bladder game:

Answer Nature’s Call Promptly

Sure, sometimes you have to hold it in, but don’t make a habit of it! Regularly emptying your bladder—ideally every 3-4 hours—prevents muscle weakness and reduces the risk of pesky bladder infections.

A common problem seen in older men is not emptying their bladder completely. A bladder that is not emptied completely is a problem for men with an enlarged prostate known as benign prostate hyperplasia or BPH. This can lead to numerous issues like urinary frequency, nighttime urination, urinary urgency, and incomplete emptying. BPH is generally not a serious or life-threatening condition but symptoms associated with it can be frustrating and life-altering. 

Chill Out and Relax

Whether you’re standing tall or taking a seat, remember: relaxation is key. Avoid hovering over the toilet seat as it only adds unnecessary strain to your body.

Don’t Let Embarrassment Stop You

Talking about bladder health might make you blush, but ignoring potential issues could lead to more significant problems down the line. For men, it’s crucial to discuss urinary concerns with a doctor, especially as they could be linked to a more critical health issue like an enlarged prostate.

Time for Some Kegels

Who says pelvic exercises are just for women? Set your clock and dedicate a few minutes each day to strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. Trust us, it’s a game-changer for bladder control.

Distinguish Between Stress and Urgency

Understanding the difference between stress and urgency incontinence is crucial. Is it a leak triggered by a hearty laugh, or is your bladder shouting, “Emergency!”? Knowing the distinction can guide your treatment plan.

Hydrate Like Your Bladder Depends on It

Because, well, it does! Keep fluids flowing to maintain optimal bladder function. Swap sugary sodas for refreshing H2O, and watch your bladder thank you.

Kick Bad Habits to the Curb

Sorry to say this but that extra cup of coffee might not do your bladder any favors. Alcohol, caffeine, smoking—they’re all on the hit list. Instead, opt for healthier choices to keep your bladder in top shape.

Hygiene Matters

Cleanliness is next to bladder healthiness. Keep up with your hygiene routine and choose loose, breathable clothing helping minimize the risk of infections.

Post-Sex Rituals

Gentlemen, a quick bathroom trip post-coitus could save you from discomfort. Urinating after sex helps flush out any unwanted bacteria, keeping your bladder happy and infection-free.

Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number

Sure, the years might add up, but that doesn’t mean you have to surrender to bladder woes. Regardless of age, practicing good bladder habits can keep you in control and living life to the fullest.

Don’t let bladder issues dictate your lifestyle. Take charge today by incorporating these expert tips into your routine, and enjoy the freedom of a healthy bladder!

Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy.  Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911. 

 

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