Are Artificial Urinary Sphincters The Answer For Male Incontinence?

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Urinary incontinence affects many men and women across the globe, causing pain, discomfort, embarrassment, and a lower quality of life. However, in a recent study, doctors may have found a way to treat severe urinary incontinence in men. Artificial urinary sphincters might be the answer men with urinary incontinence have been looking for.

The Artificial Urinary Sphincter

For the first time ever, an artificial sphincter was used to treat a case of urinary incontinence in South Africa. To insert the urinary sphincter, a minimally invasive surgery is required. The device is implanted in the groin area and requires zero external parts for the utmost discretion. Behind this groundbreaking surgery is Dr. Johan Venter at the Netcare Pretoria East Hospital. Dr. Venter and his team led the surgery and requested this unique technology for one of his patients who suffered greatly from urinary incontinence. After the success of the surgery, Dr. Johan Venter and the hospital released a statement regarding the success behind the artificial urinary sphincter and believes that it is the answer for those who need help controlling their urinary incontinence–even if they experienced severe damage from an original urinary sphincter (non-artificial). Dr. Venter stated, “We are particularly impressed by this new-generation artificial urinary sphincter option, our investigations revealing that it was the best alternative available globally for cases like this. Some of the advantages it offers include that it’s easy for patients to use and does not require further invasive surgeries, should it require adjustment in the future” (source).    

Additionally, Dr. Venter explained that this innovative device is equipped with a pump that the patient can apply pressure to every time he needs to urinate. This pump is made of a soft silicone material and is very easy (and painless) for the patient to use. Additionally, this pump will deactivate the sphincter cuff, this way, the patient is able to urinate normally. However, just like any new device, there are a few factors that can cause damage to the sphincter. If the sphincter is damaged in any way, it can cause further damage to the pelvic wall, and even cause increased urinary and bowel problems. Therefore, doctors do head warning and advice patients to take it easy after surgery.

Advancing The Fight Against Urinary Incontinence

Regardless, this new device is a major step in the right direction for surgical and medicinal practices of urinary incontinence. Finally, doctors are able to provide patients with a way to subdue their urinary incontinence without requiring them to undergo ample surgeries or take a wild concoction of medicine. As time goes on, we are sure to see how well the new, artificial urinary sphincter treats urinary incontinence.  

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Incontinence Recipe of the Month: Grilled Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

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Who doesn’t love a traditional summer dish with a twist? This grilled potato salad is so much more than the typical potato salad dish you’ve had in the past. Made with garlic, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and more, this recipe brings a mouthful of flavor as an entrée at the dinner table or a side dish while relaxing by the pool. Topped off with a smooth, tangy bacon vinaigrette, the whole family can enjoy this zesty dish after only 45 minutes total cook time. Here’s how to add this refreshing meal to your summer cookbook:

Yield:

  • Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. baby Yukon gold potatoes (about the size of a walnut halved)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 slices center-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 8 scallions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, plus more for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Heat grill to medium-high and line a plate with paper towels.
  2. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold salted water by 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until easily pierced with a knife, 14 to 16 minutes. Drain and let cool. Transfer to a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of oil.
  3. In the meantime, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to prepared plate with a slotted spoon.
  4. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings from skillet. Off the heat, add garlic, vinegar and brown sugar to the drippings in the skillet, scraping up any browned bits. Whisk in remaining 4 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Grill potatoes cut-side down until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Grill scallions, turning occasionally, until charred, 4 to 6 minutes. Chop scallions into 1-inch pieces.
  6. Add potatoes, scallions and marjoram to bowl with dressing, and toss to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with marjoram. Serve immediately.

 

We hope you enjoy and take full advantage of this easy, delicious summer dish! View the full recipe here, and get to grilling!

Classic Playlist for Summer Road Trips

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Everyone knows that a great music playlist is one of the most crucial components of a successful summer road trip. Depending on how far you’re traveling, you could need hours of songs to fill the long car ride on the open road. Luckily, we’ve compiled our top 10 favorite road tunes, so you can add them to your playlist right now:

  1. “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones

Because there’s simply no better way to start a road trip than with an upbeat classic.

  1. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Wherever you call home, this southern anthem will take you to a place with blue, sunny skies.

  1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

Whether you’re traveling alone or with family or friends, this song is sure to put you in the mood to roll down the windows and sing at the top of your lungs.

  1. “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles

You’ll need to live life in the fast lane if you’ve got a lot of destinations on your road trip, but don’t forget to savor every moment!

  1. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

A classic power ballad that just so happens to be perfect for car karaoke.

  1. “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac

It’s been over 40 years since this song was released, but it will always be a road trip classic for its upbeat rhythm paired with haunting lyrics.

  1. “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf

Magic car ride, anyone?

  1. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers

Driving sounds much better than actually walking 500 miles, though.

  1. “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash

You may not be going everywhere on this trip, but you’re definitely going somewhere!

  1. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

Perfect for the last leg of your trip.

Excited for the road trip of your dreams? After you’ve made your playlist, don’t forget to pack your Wearever incontinence products to stay protected from light to heavy leakage on your long drive. Happy traveling!

Yoga May Be Effective For Managing Urinary Incontinence

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Did you know that practicing yoga can help women reduce the frequency of urinary incontinence? New research presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association suggests that this form of meditative exercise is actually beneficial in fighting urinary incontinence. Since the principal of yoga is to achieve unity and improved control of the mind and body through physical strength and meditation, it serves as an excellent management strategy for urinary incontinence.

Urinary Incontinence in Women

Though it affects men as well, urinary incontinence predominantly affects women of all ages. Alison Huang, MD, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, explains, “Urinary incontinence is extremely common among women in midlife and beyond. One in three women over the age of 50 is estimated to experience incontinence on a weekly or more frequent basis. And yet, less than half of women suffering from this problem report receiving any clinical treatment” (source). Unfortunately, this is a reality for so many women.

Due to the nature of incontinence, women are too embarrassed to speak up about their condition and seek the right treatment. However, the women who do see specialists for incontinence are presented with a variety of treatment options that range from surgery all the way to major lifestyle changes. The course of treatment for this affliction can be very intimidating, which is why there’s such a high demand for alternative treatment methods. In her interview with Healio Family Medicine, Dr. Huang explains, “There is a real need for alternative approaches to treating or managing incontinence that are more accessible, more effective, and better tolerated by the over 20 million women in the US population who have this problem.” With this in mind, researchers decided to look at the potential benefits yoga could yield as a form of incontinence treatment.

Evidence from the Group-Based Yoga Program

Working closely with an expert yoga panel, researchers developed a group-based therapeutic yoga program that focused on specialized Iyengar-style technique. Iyengar-style is a form of yoga that focuses on the alignment of the body through the practice of precision. At the start of the study, patients were randomly assigned to either the yoga program or a nonspecific muscle strengthening and stretching program. It’s important to note that none of these women were previously enrolled in a yoga class or participating in any yoga-based workshops.

Of the participants, 56 women–of 65 years of age–were in the yoga group; all of whom claimed to have daily incontinence problems. As a part of the study, these women were instructed to attend classes on a weekly basis while practicing what they learned at home once a week for a total of 3 months. In total, 50 women completed the 30-day trial, and of those women, 75% attended more than 90% of the group classes and 88% completed more than 90% of the home practice hours.

From this data, researchers were able to determine a 75% decrease in frequency of urinary incontinence episodes amongst the women in the yoga group. Additionally, a 50% decrease in urinary incontinence episodes was recorded in the group of women who were assigned to the nonspecific muscle strengthening and stretching program. Although this was not a large-scale study, it’s evident that yoga yields beneficial results in the management of urinary incontinence. Many researchers believe that if such results are found within a larger study, more and more physicians will add yoga to the list of treatment methods for women who are afflicted with urinary incontinence on a daily basis.

4 Tips for Packing the Perfect Carry-On Bag

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You may think choosing a destination, booking a flight and planning the perfect summer vacation is the hard part — that is to say, until you start packing your carry-on bag with all the necessities for a successful trip. Although your favorite carry-on bag may look large when it’s empty, we’ve all experienced the struggle of realizing that it is a bit too small to fit everything you need without over packing and having to check it at the gate. These four tips will ensure you pack the perfect carry-on bag and avoid those pesky fees for checking a bag:

  1. Prepare, but don’t over-prepare

There are a lot of variables to think about when traveling, like how long you’ll be gone, changes in weather and if you’ll be attending both formal and casual functions, to name a few. While it is important to prepare for it all, be mindful that over preparing almost always results in over packing. For example, if the forecast is calling for rain during your travels, consider packing only one light raincoat that matches many outfits rather than several bulkier raincoats in bright, accented colors. Also, consider your proximity to laundry services and utilize them if you’ll be staying at the destination for a long period of time. This will help significantly cut back on the amount of clothing you pack.

  1. Invest in a space saver

Good news! You don’t have to toss your favorite suitcase or duffel bag and replace it with a larger one in order to gain more space in your carry-on. Instead, consider investing in a space saver like compression bags or packing cubes. They’ll help free up tons of space in your bag, and they’re a lot more cost effective than purchasing an entirely new bag!

  1. Don’t pack your bulkiest items, wear them

If you’ve ever tried to stuff bulky clothing like a pea coat or suit jacket into a carry-on bag, you probably realized there isn’t much room for anything else. If you must carry a heavy, bulky coat on your trip, simply wear or carry it instead of packing it. Likewise, boots are another large item to consider wearing to the airport instead of packing.

  1. Roll instead of folding

You may have always been told to neatly fold your clothes when packing your bag, but the next time you go on a big trip, try rolling your jeans, shirts, socks and undergarments! Rolling your clothes will not only save valuable space, but also it will reduce wrinkling.

Remember, smart packing will help you have a less stressful traveling experience, no doubt! Have a great time, and make sure to visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from leakage throughout your trip.

 

Remember, smart packing will help you have a less stressful traveling experience, no doubt! Have a great time, and make sure to visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from leakage throughout your trip.

Women’s Cotton Comfort Panty – Review

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If you’re suffering from lowered self-confidence and increased stress due to unexpected leakage, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and — thankfully — there is a solution. Women experiencing incontinence choose Wearever Cotton Comfort Panties because they offer incomparable protection and comfort, all the while adding a stylish flair to their wardrobes. Successfully absorbing leakage for up to 200-250 washes, these reusable incontinence panties are made out of a soft, silky cotton fabric with antimicrobial fibers that actually reduce odor-causing bacteria, ensuring that you’ll stay fresh all day long.

Tracy Renko from Tracy Simple reviewed our Women’s Cotton Comfort Panties on behalf of her grandmother, who just recently began experiencing leakage due to incontinence. Thanks to Wearever, she has regained her confidence to go back out in public and live her life to the fullest without worrying about leakage:

“[When wearing Wearever Cotton Comfort Panties], she is not scared to leave the home. I think…these are a much better choice than the adult briefs or pull-ups. They work great and do not have a tight fit. [They are] smooth like regular underwear. There is no bulk whatsoever.”

Thanks so much for sharing your grandmother’s wonderful experience, Tracy! It is always so rewarding to hear customer success stories from people of all ages. Read Tracy’s full blog post here, detailing her grandmother’s newly acquired confidence to get back out in the world and experience life thanks to Wearever.

4 Tips for Happy & Healthy Aging

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Women and men go through many changes as they begin to age. However, it’s important to remember these changes are natural parts of a healthy aging process. In fact, National Senior Health and Fitness Day was created on May 30, 1993, to educate older adults on the importance of staying fit and active! In honor of the 25th anniversary of this special holiday, we’ve put together some tips for happy and healthy aging:

  1. Stay Physically Active

There are so many ways to stay active throughout every stage of your life, despite any physical limitations that may occur with age. Aerobic exercises provide a wide range of benefits in addition to weight loss, from increasing energy levels to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Specifically, yoga increases flexibility and allows us to target certain areas of the body to reduce aches and pain. There’s an exercise out there to fit all abilities and interests, and it’s all about finding the right activities for your body. Visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from light to heavy leakage while exercising.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy is important at any age, but as we get older, the food we put in our bodies has a much bigger impact on how we feel throughout the day. Eating a variety of foods to ensure the body is getting all of the nutrients it needs, following serving suggestions and staying hydrated are just a few dietary tips to incorporate into daily routines. Check out our recipe series for monthly incontinence-friendly foods that are as healthy as they are delicious.

  1. Get Regular Check-Ups

No matter how busy we are, we must always remember that yearly check-ups are too important to skip. Even if we feel healthy, a doctor could catch something that hasn’t even started to exhibit symptoms yet. Doctors are also a great source for lifestyle and nutritional advice to keep us mentally and physically healthy.

  1. Stay Socially Active

Relationships with friends and family have a huge impact on health and quality of life. Engaging in social activities has been shown to improve mental and physical health, decrease pain and even increase lifespan. If you usually have an introverted personality, consider inviting a few friends over for a social hour!

While some aspects of aging are inevitable, there are many that can be controlled and maintained with simple lifestyle choices. It’s never too late to start living a happy and healthier lifestyle.

Incontinence Recipe of the Month: Pesto Chicken with Blistered Tomatoes

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What if we told you there’s a sauce that is not only delicious, but also acts as the perfect nutritious binder for whole-wheat panko-crusted chicken? Made primarily from basil, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese, pesto can be included in a well-balanced diet as a source of healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamins C and B6. Although many sauces have reputations for being high in bad fats and calories, this pesto chicken recipe is rich with health benefits and flavor. Here’s how to say goodbye to plain, flavorless chicken breast while staying on target with your healthy diet:

Yield:

  • Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chicken breast and about 1/2 cup tomato mixture)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1-in. thickness
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons spinach pesto (from Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp)
  • 3 cups multicolored cherry tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle chickenwith 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Combine panko, cheese and butter in a bowl. Spread pesto evenly over chicken in pan; top with panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Place pan in oven; broil 2 minutes or until browned.
  4. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add tomatoes; cook 6 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and vinegar. Serve with chicken.

Presto! You’ve just made a light, heart-healthy dish perfect for the summer months ahead. View the full recipe here for additional details, and happy cooking!

Some Antidepressants and Incontinence Drugs Have Been Tied to Dementia

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In a recent study, a variety of commonly used antidepressants and incontinence prescriptions have been found to increase the risk of dementia in patients. Many researchers even claim that the connection between these two medications and dementia is still prevalent even if the medication was taken 20 years before the diagnosis was made. This startling discovery was made in a study conducted by researchers from the United States, Britain, and Ireland.

A Substantial Increase In Dementia Risk

In this extensive study, researchers looked at the 27 million prescriptions that were given to the 40,770 participants (that were over the age of 65) who were previously diagnosed with dementia between April 2006 and July 2015 (source). After carefully collecting and examining this data, the researchers compared their results with 283,933 elderly adults who didn’t have dementia. From that comparison, they found that there was a 30% increase in the risk of developing dementia after taking the prescribed medicine.

The Effects of Anticholinergics and Antidepressants

However, there was a drug that stood out the most amongst the rest: anticholinergics. Anticholinergics are prescribed to those for a variety of diseases such as depression, gastrointestinal disorders, urinary incontinence, allergies, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy. Anticholinergics work to block acetylcholine–a nervous system neurotransmitter–and have been known to contribute to various cognitive impairments.

Also found in their study, 35% of participants with dementia and 30% of participants without dementia were found to have at least one prescription that contained anticholinergics. Additionally, researchers found noticed another link to dementia: the consistent exposure to antidepressant, urological, and antiparkinson drugs. In addition to this finding, researchers noted that participants noticed signs of dementia at least 15 to 20 years before the actual diagnosis. Even more startling, at the start of drug treatment for depression, only 12% of patients developed dementia; however, during drug treatment, that percentage increased to 20%.

With these findings, many researchers and doctors are recommending for medical providers to avoid prescribing any medications that might contain anticholinergics.This includes Dr. Ian Maidment, a senior lecturer in clinical pharmacy at Aston University.

Dr. Chris Fox, a professor of clinical psychiatry at UEA’s Norwich Medical School explains, “We don’t know exactly how anticholinergics might cause dementia. Further research is needed to understand possible reasons for this link. In the meantime, I strongly advise patients with any concerns to continue taking their medicines until they have consulted their doctor or pharmacist.”

Although the relationship between dementia and anticholinergics haven’t been clearly defined, researchers are diligently working to discover it’s exact link. In the meantime, it’s pertinent for patients to pay close attention to the contents of the depression or urinary incontinence medications.  

How Urinary Incontinence Can Affect Sexual Health

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In a recent study, a link between urinary incontinence and negative sexual health outcomes was discovered. In a BJU International study, many women with urinary incontinence problems discussed their decline in sexual activity and sexual arousal over the past year or so. Additionally, men with urinary incontinence troubles also noted a decrease in sexual desire as well as difficulties with different sexual functions.

The English Longitudinal Study Of Aging

In light of these problems, these individuals were invited to participate in the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA) that consisted of 3,805 participants. This study looked at aging, retirement, and health within middle-aged and older men and women who live in the England area. 20% of the women participants and 7% of the men participants reported issues with incontinence within the last 12 months. The results of their study showed that in fact, there was a significant link between declining sexual health and urinary incontinence problems.

Dr. David Lee, lead author of the study and doctor of Manchester Metropolitan University, discusses his findings. He explains, “Our findings highlight strong links between urinary incontinence and a number of negative outcomes regarding sexual health. Both urinary incontinence and later-life sexuality remain taboo subjects in society and are likely to be under-reported as coexisting health problems. Given the relatively high occurrence of incontinence, particularly among women, healthcare professionals should be aware of the potential impacts on quality-of-life and well-being, and recognize that sexual activity and satisfaction are key factors in this equation” (source).

The Silence Factor

Far too often, men and women dealing with incontinence and the decline of sexual desires are too ashamed to speak up about the problems they are experiencing. By keeping such a significant health problem a secret, these men and women are only reducing their overall quality of life. In that, researchers observed that signs of depression were greatly increased–strongly associating with the effects of lower sexual health due to urinary incontinence. Additionally, researchers also noted that many of the participants experienced high levels of anxiety and embarrassment due to the leakage, odor, and other effects that come with urinary incontinence. Luckily, with the right medical guidance, urinary incontinence and related sexual problems can be lessened and even cured.

In an additional study published in Sexual Medicine back in March of 2017, results showed that women with urinary incontinence were more likely to abstain from sexual activities far more than women who had little to no problems with incontinence. This stems from the embarrassment and bladder sensitivity that comes with urinary incontinence problems. Additionally, women who struggled with urinary incontinence also experienced less sexual desire, increased sexual discomfort, and less sexual satisfaction–more so than the men who dealt with incontinence issues as well. However, men with incontinence did admit to experiencing trouble with arousal, erectile dysfunction, and even the ability to orgasm during sexual activities.

Many doctors and physicians can’t stress enough the importance of speaking up; one should never feel ashamed or embarrassed about their experiences with urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunctions. The earlier you see a doctor, the better and faster they can come up with a treatment plan that will help you regain your normal desires.