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Wearever Announces ‘Caregivers’ 2017 Scholarship Winner

Incontinence Underwear and Products Supplier Awards $1,000 to University of Arizona Student

DURHAM, North Carolina – Feb. 5, 2018 – Wearever, an incontinence undergarment and health and wellness apparel company, congratulates Christopher Mercado on winning the Wearever ‘Caregivers’ 2017 Scholarship. Mercado is currently attending the University of Arizona, and received the $1,000 scholarship from Wearever to help with future studies.

Wearever is committed to providing ambitious students the opportunity to focus on his or her studies and reduce worry about the cost of books and tuition. The Wearever ‘Caregivers’ Scholarship was open to graduating high school seniors and any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited U.S. college, university or institute.

Each applicant was required to submit an essay describing his or her experience with caring for a relative or friend with limitations, disabilities or hospitalization. Applicants were also encouraged to give advice for caregivers going through similar situations.

“At Wearever, we believe in the power of education, and we’re thrilled to support students through this scholarship,” said Bob Deerin, founder and CEO of Wearever. “We believe scholarships have the ability to motivate ambitious students to pursue their dreams while worrying less about tuition and other school-related expenses.”

For more information about the Wearever ‘Caregivers’ Scholarship, please visit www.weareverincontinence.com/scholarship. More information on Wearever and its incontinence products can be found on the website and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to stay up to date on the latest Wearever news and offerings.

About Wearever
The Wearever® brand offers comfortable, quality, affordable and stylish apparel solutions for everyday health and wellness concerns. The men’s and women’s underwear line of washable, reusable urinary incontinence panties and briefs is especially beneficial for active individuals who want to continue their normal lifestyles without worry or emotional stress resulting from urinary incontinence. Additionally, Wearever offers incontinence bedding products as well as Buster Brown® socks. Wearever is produced and distributed by Prime Life Fibers®, a Durham, North Carolina-based apparel company founded in 2002 by Bob Deerin. To learn more, visit www.WeareverIncontinence.com.

Bladder Problems and Incontinence In Men

Incontinence in Men

When discussing bladder problems, conversation around the topic is usually reserved for women. However, bladder issues can also affect men, most notably those over the age of 60. As men age, the muscles around the bladder begin to weaken, and a host of problems can present themselves if left unchecked. Fortunately, the warning signs are visible ahead of time and there are measures that men can take earlier on in life in order to prevent bladder issues and incontinence. This article will help you identify these warning signs so that you may take preemptive measures towards better health.

The urinary tract system is a complicated place. Kidneys, nerves, muscles, and the prostate have to work in unison to eliminate urea, urine and other waste that the body produces. For men, a blockage can occur when damage is done to any part of the urinary tract system, explained here in detail.

Each day the kidneys filter out about 120 to 150 quarts of blood to produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine. A healthy urinary tract is important because it filters extra fluid from the bloodstream, helping to make red blood cells strong. It also keeps bones strong by keeping electrolyte levels stable.

Overactive Bladder

One of the problems that can begin early in life is an overactive bladder. Overactive bladder is characterized by a constant urge to urinate, difficulties controlling flow, bladder leaks and nighttime urination. According to a report by Bel Marra Health, nearly 30 percent of the 33 million Americans that live with an overactive bladder are men.

Overactive bladder most commonly presents itself early on in a young child’s life when he wets the bed. This can be caused by simply drinking too many fluids before bedtime. Other times it may be caused by weak muscles – precisely the muscles that control the stoppage of urine. If you know the male side of your family is genetically predetermined to experience issues relating to the prostate, you may have experienced overactive bladder or nocturia as a child. An all natural way to remedy this is by strengthening your core and also by doing kegel exercises. Learning to control nocturia may be as simple as drinking less fluids before bed, and training your body to “hold it in” until you wake up in the morning.

However, if the cause of your overactive bladder is an enlarged prostate, then you may need to seek more serious medical options. When in your teens, 20’s and 30’s it is best to stay ahead of the problem by strengthening your core and becoming the master of your own bladder.

Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

There are two periods in a man’s life in which his prostate will grow: one during early puberty, and another during a man’s mid 20’s. Enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. BPH does not increase a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, nor does it affect a man’s ability to father children however the warning signs can be symptomatic of a weak urinary tract area.

Some of the problems commonly associated with BPH are:

  • Weak urine stream
  • Dribbling (not being able to fully start or stop control when urinating)
  • A sense that your bladder is not completely empty even after you urinate

For a list of natural remedies for BPH click here. Some of the other treatments for BPH (and urinary incontinence in general) include:

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Practice starting and stopping urine flow – this will strengthen your muscles at the base of your core
  • Avoid high caloric foods, including fats and sugars
  • Lose weight – there is a direct correlation between the extra weight on your midsection and excess pressure put on your bladder
  • Schedule toilet trips – go before you have to go, not when your body is putting pressure on you to go. Remember, it’s about being in control!

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine. Urinary incontinence can be caused by a variety of factors including weak or damaged bladder muscles, overactive bladder muscles, nerve damage or kidney damage.

Different types of urinary incontinence exist, including stress, urge, and overflow incontinence. These different types are explained here in more detail. The first step in addressing urinary incontinence is to talk with your health-care provider. The tips given above should help get you started, and will oftentimes be the first piece of advice a health care provider will issue.

However, if you have been suffering with incontinence for a longer period of time (i.e. months and years, not weeks) you may speak to your urologist or general health care provider about one of these options:

  • Physical examination – which will give your doctor a general idea about the size of your prostate and any nerve damage in the surrounding area
  • EEG and EMG – in order to measure nerve activity and muscular activity
  • Ultrasound and Transrectal Ultrasound – to get a better picture of your abdomen, bladder and kidneys
  • Urodynamic Testing – to test the strength of your sphincter control mechanism

If you or a loved one have urinary incontinence, and these above tips seem to be yielding no beneficial result, then you may have need for incontinence products. If you’ve been battling with incontinence for months and years, then it may be time to switch from disposables over to incontinence briefs.

Incontinence-Friendly Recipe of the Month: Bacon-Wrapped New Potatoes

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Are you planning a fun neighborhood barbeque or summer bash soon? Keep the grill hot and get ready for your mouth to water over these bacon-wrapped new potatoes. Particularly for those with incontinence, there are many identified ingredients that can make symptoms worse. This recipe avoids those known irritants to help diminish bladder leakage, while still packing delicious, summer flavor!

Ingredients:

15 small new potatoes

5 slices bacon

1 (1 oz.) package ranch dressing mix

15 toothpicks

Directions:

  1. Cut bacon strips into thirds
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill on low heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grate.
  4. Wrap each potato with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Sprinkle the potatoes with the powdered ranch dressing mix.
  6. Place the wrapped potatoes on the grill, turning the potatoes several times to allow the bacon to cook on all sides.
  7. The potatoes will be done when the bacon is crispy, approximately 20-25 minutes.

By using smaller potatoes and ever-popular bacon, this will create a side dish that’s sure to deliver delicious flavor with minimal prep work. Enjoy summer evenings and this tasty dish as a compliment to grilled chicken or steak and veggies! Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.

5 Things You Can Do to Ease Incontinence Symptoms

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Here are five habits you can adopt to decrease symptoms of incontinence and get back to what’s most important to you!

  1. Quit smoking

Studies show bladder control problems are three times more likely to occur in women who smoke cigarettes than those who don’t smoke. Some believe the nicotine found in cigarettes can aggravate the bladder. Also, chronic coughing is a side effect of smoking, which can lead to bladder leakage.

  1. Create a diet that works for you

Foods such as dairy, caffeine and alcohol are known irritants for those with incontinence symptoms. In addition, despite being full of Vitamin C, the acid in citrus fruits makes them irritants for incontinence symptoms. Finally, it is recommended to limit sugar intake and carbonated drinks.

  1. Stay on top of your water intake

While it may be tempting to limit your fluid intake to avoid accidents, this actually only makes it worse. It’s recommended to consume between half an ounce and an ounce of water daily for each pound of weight. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, constipation and kidney stones.

  1. Watch the scale

Extra pounds put added pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, which can contribute to incontinence issues. In addition, excess weight is associated with Type 2 diabetes, which can injure the nerves in the bladder and bowel areas.

  1. Find an exercise routine you enjoy

It doesn’t have to be an intense workout regimen, but even a 30-minute walk makes a difference and keeps your body active and flexible. Try to find a routine that makes sense for your lifestyle and mobility.

These small daily changes can make a huge difference in reducing the symptoms of incontinence. Which changes will you be making?

10 Tips To Stay Cool As The Temperature Rises

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For many of us over the age of 65, it is harder to sense and respond to changes in temperature. That makes it much more important to have a game plan with summer heat waves on their way. Not to worry – we have 10 tips to help monitor your temperature to stay comfortable and safe!

  1. Drink lots of water

Besides being super refreshing on a hot day, water also helps your body function in its prime. Try to stay ahead of dehydration and don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking water.

  1. Avoid caffeine and alcohol

Both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body, so it’s best to steer clear of these particularly during the warmer months.

  1. Eat lighter, seasonal foods

Fresh fruit and veggies are in abundance in the summer, so it’s the perfect time to pick out a colorful plate that will make your body feel good nutritionally and not get bogged down with heavier, hot foods.

  1. Use fans and circulate air

Creating a constant air flow throughout your home or work place helps it feel cooler. Turn on a ceiling fan, set up a box fan in a hallway and consider opening windows – depending on just how hot it is outside.

  1. Save your time outdoors for non-direct sunlight times

Try to time out your outdoor activities in the early morning or evening hours to avoid the harshest temperatures in the middle of the day.

  1. Wear comfortable clothing

Avoid wearing heavy, dark or tight fabrics as they will make you feel warmer. Instead go for loose-fitting and light weight fabric options to help you stay cooler.

  1. Change your bedding

It’s not just your closet that may need some spring cleaning! Consider packing away heavier blankets and comforters in exchange for a lighter option to not overheat while you sleep.

  1. Get a haircut

Chop your hair for a cooler option, or consider ways to pin it up to get it off your neck to reduce the heat.

  1. Reduce appliance use

Lighten your use of the oven and stove in the kitchen, as they both emit heat that can make your home hot.

  1. Keep a few cool treats

Store fruit bars or popsicles in your freezer ready to help you cool down in the afternoon.

Also be mindful of the symptoms. If you or someone you love has symptoms such as muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting, see a doctor as soon as possible as these could be signs of heat-related illness.

Summer Slider Recipe

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The weather is warming up and we can’t wait for the summer barbeques and backyard get-togethers! This simple slider recipe from Rachael Ray is the perfect finger food to please guests. And, it avoids irritants known to aggravate incontinence. The best news of all: it only takes about 30 minutes!

Ingredients:

7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into thin strips

Salt and pepper

2 large bell peppers, cut into thin strips

2 onions, halved and thinly sliced

16 dinner rolls, split

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat until rippling.
  3. Season the beef with salt and pepper, increase the heat to high and cook in the skillet for 3 minutes; flip and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the peppers and onions, season with salt and pepper and cook over medium high heat, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes.
  6. Place the roll bottoms on a large rimmed baking sheet and top each with the beef and vegetables. Bake about 3 minutes to get rolls warmed thoroughly.
  7. Transfer to a platter and cover with the roll tops.
  8. Enjoy!

Click here to learn more about how simple dietary changes can improve health and help ease urinary incontinence.

Tips for Supporting Female Teenage Incontinence

female teenage incontinenceThe teenage years are already full of awkwardness and turmoil for young girls. Unfortunately, when you add incontinence to the mix, this time can become even more challenging. Teenage girls who suffer from incontinence may experience more anxiety and depression than girls who don’t struggle with this condition. In addition, incontinence can also cause embarrassing situations for girls, which may prevent them from wanting to participate in sports or even spend time socializing with peers.  Continue reading

Purchase Wearever Undergarments in June to Support the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

MSF Foundation

Urinary urgency and frequency are side effects for more than 80 percent of people living with multiple sclerosis. Wearever offers comfortable solutions for incontinence with our lines of men and women’s panties that look and feel just like traditional underwear but offer ultimate absorbency protection to contain leaks within. Our underwear works just as well as, if not better than, alternatives like adult diapers or pads with the added benefits of a more subtle, comfortable, affordable and environmentally friendly design.

This month only, Wearever will donate $1 for every single pair, $1 for three-pack and $1 for six-pack purchases of the Wearever Women’s Incontinence Panties and Wearever Men’s Incontinence Boxers and Briefs lines to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. This includes all sizes, styles and colors from both lines.  Continue reading

Diabetic Socks – Why You Need Them, and What Makes them Different

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If you suffer from diabetes, you may have heard that you must take care of your feet. Those who suffer from diabetes often incur nerve damage or neuropathy that increases the risk of injury due to decreased sensitivity in your feet. You can literally get injured and be unaware of the injury. Because diabetics are more likely to suffer from circulatory problems, you may have a harder time healing as well. What’s more, if you have high blood sugar levels, you may be unaware that your immune system is not working properly. Continue reading

Alcohol and Incontinence – How Drinking Can Affect Your Incontinence Symptoms

alcohol incontinence

It’s only natural for those who experience incontinence, or the unintentional leakage of urine, to want to kick their symptoms or find a way to overcome them. But often times, these incontinence issues are triggered by the way one lives more than anything else. For instance, certain foods that you eat and liquids that you drink can trigger incontinence symptoms or make existing symptoms even worse.

One such thing that can trigger incontinence is the moderate to excessive consumption of alcohol. Here’s a closer look at how and why: Continue reading