• Frequent Urination in Old Age
    September 2, 2015

    When you feel an urge to urinate more than it is usual the condition is known as frequent urination. This urge for urgent urination is strong, sudden and can often cause discomfort in the urinary bladder. Apart from that in some adults, there is a frequent urge to urinate during night. This condition is known as nocturia. Normally, you can sleep for around 6 to 8 hours without any need to urinate.

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    Frequent Urination

    Major Causes of Frequent Urination

    • Enlarged prostate condition in older and middle-aged people
    • Urinary tract infection –UTI
    • Vaginitis
    • Infection and swelling of the urethra
    • Urine leakage from the urethra

    Other Causes of Frequent Urination

    • Bladder cancer
    • Anxiety
    • Pregnancy
    • Diabetes
    • Overactive bladder syndrome
    • Interstitial cystitis
    • Tumor
    • Growth in pelvis region
    • Radiation therapy

    Water pills and similar diuretic medicines

    Treatment for Frequent Urination

    Over activity of bladder is the common reason for frequent urination. It can be treated however, only in consultation with your healthcare expert. The treatment includes behavioral modifications and drugs to enable neuro modulation.
    Behavioral modification techniques include:

    Maintain a Log

    Start maintaining a log of your fluid intake and the frequency or the number of times you went to urinate. If you have been experiencing leakage or bladder collapse try to write down what caused it such as laughing, sneezing or coughing and because you could not reach the washroom urgently.

    Keep a Tab on your Diet

    Certain foods or beverages and foods can worsen the symptoms of frequent urination. Foods that should be excluded from diet include:

    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Chocolate
    • Alcohol
    • Caffeinated soft drinks
    • Decaffeinated tea and coffee
    • Tomato-based products and tomatoes
    • Spicy foods
    • Acidic drinks and foods
    • Drinks and foods with artificial sweeteners

    Other precautions include maintaining regular bowel movement, maintaining healthy weight, drinking non-irritating fluids regularly and retraining bladder to hold the urge to urinate.

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