How Often Should You Get Screened For Incontinence?

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The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative released new and updated guidelines for annual urinary incontinence screening for women. Since urinary incontinence can affect women of all ages, it’s essential for them to take part in yearly screenings to ensure peak urinary health. How annual gynecological appointments are highly important for women to take part in, the same concept is being applied to these urinary screenings. With these annual screenings, specialists will be able to note any warning signs of the development of urinary incontinence, as well as help manage it properly.

Urinary Screenings

Currently, urinary incontinence affects approximately 51% of women. While urinary incontinence impacts one’s ability to control their bladder, it also hinders them in other ways. Urinary incontinence can greatly harm one physically, functionally, and even socially. Unfortunately, plenty of negative stigma surrounds this affliction, leaving women and even men embarrassed to discuss their problem with friends, family, and professionals. Across the globe, many women are disinclined to talk to their health care providers about their urinary incontinence, leaving their problem untreated and overlooked. Without treatment, the symptoms of urinary incontinence can grow increasingly worse.

According to the South African Urogynaecology Association, there is a severe lack of studies that regard the widespread presence of urinary incontinence in South African women. It’s easy to assume that the lack of these studies are directly correlated with the fact that many women are hesitant to admit their problem. On their website, the South African Urogynaecology Association explains, “It has been suggested that the prevalence of incontinence and urinary dysfunction globally is lower in Black and Asian women than in White women. However, in the Western Cape the prevalence of daily UI in Black women was 17.2%, in Cape Coloured women 12.8%, and in White women 13.2%” (source).

The New Guidelines for Urinary Screening

The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative came together and created a new set of guidelines that promote annual screening for urinary incontinence. These screenings will help determine if a woman has urinary incontinence and examine how it affects her daily life. Currently, the guidelines to the new screening requirements are published in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine.

With proactive treatment for urinary incontinence, doctors can help women manage their symptoms and lead an improved quality of life.

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Recipe of the Month: Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

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The end of summer is officially in sight, which means we should take advantage of including fresh, seasonal vegetables in our meals. This chicken, broccoli and sweet potato sheet pan dinner is a healthy, colorful dish that is sure to satisfy the entire family with its zesty, herby flavor. Here are all the steps you need in order to get this hearty dish on the dinner table this evening:

Yield:

  • Serves about 4

Ingredients:

  • 20 ounces sweet potatoes peeled and diced into 3/4-inch cubes (2 medium, about 3 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breasts, diced into pieces (about 1 1/4-inches, keeping them similar in size so they cook evenly)
  • 4 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 of a medium red onion, diced into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon of each: Dried thyme, sage, parsley and rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pecans, either whole or roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a mound on a rimmed 18 x 13-inch baking sheet. Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil over top and toss to evenly coat. Spread into an even layer and roast in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, chop and prepare your remaining ingredients.
  4. Remove sweet potatoes from oven. Add chicken pieces, broccoli florets and red onion. Sprinkle with garlic and drizzle the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over top, making sure to focus on the broccoli florets so they don’t dry out. Toss with a spatula to evenly coat.
  5. Sprinkle evenly with thyme, sage, parsley, rosemary, nutmeg, salt and black pepper. Toss again to evenly coat with seasonings and spread evenly. Return to oven and roast for about 16-20 minutes longer, tossing once halfway through, until center of diced chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  6. Remove from oven, and toss in pecans and cranberries. Serve immediately.

Bon appétit! Best of all, this recipe is perfect for those with incontinence, as it contains fresh vegetables and meats without any dairy, alcohol or artificial sweeteners. View the full recipe by Cooking Classy for additional tips and nutritional information, and prepare to wow the entire family with your cooking skills!

Top 3 Labor Day Destinations in the United States

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In the United States, Labor Day is widely known as the unofficial end of summer. Schools are starting their fall semesters, temperatures are cooling down and travelers are taking their last vacations before the winter holidays. Where you choose to vacation this Labor Day weekend will likely depend on what you and your family seek in a vacation, from bustling cities to nature retreats to beautiful beaches. If you’re still not sure where to vacation, check out these top 3 Labor Day destinations and get to planning:

  1. For the City Lover: Orlando, Fla.

From the adults to the grandkids, Orlando is a classic vacation destination full of activities that the entire family can enjoy. This central Florida city boasts some of the most thrilling theme parks in the United States, like Walt Disney World, Universal Parks & Resorts, SeaWorld Orlando and many more. But, if amusement parks aren’t your cup of tea, you can still relish in tons of other entertainment, shopping and outdoor excursions that Orlando has to offer. Experience America’s rich artistic history in the Orlando Museum of Art, go on a shopping spree at The Mall of Millenia or The Florida Mall or even take your adventures to the Atlantic Ocean with a dolphin tour. We can feel the sunshine just thinking about it!

  1. For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Redwood National Park, Calif.

The tallest trees on the planet call Redwood National Park “home,” attracting nature-loving tourists from all around the world. In fact, the tallest tree on Earth, aptly named Hyperion after the Greek Titan, is located in Redwood National Park. It has grown to stand over 379 feet tall in its roughly 600-year lifespan. In addition to seeing the towering coast redwoods, Labor Day weekend visitors can also take advantage of scenic drives, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, horseback riding, searching tidepools for marine life and much more.

  1. For the Beach Bum: Charleston, S.C.

Charleston, South Carolina’s largest (and oldest) city, is known for its traditional southern charm, fragrant jasmine blossoms and — most importantly — its nearby beaches! Look no further than Folly Beach this Labor Day weekend if your idea of the perfect vacation involves relaxing in the sand with a good book or hitting the waves. And, when the sun starts to set, you’ll be close to all the nightlife Charleston has to offer since Folly Beach is only about a 30-minute drive from downtown.

Regardless of the destination you choose this Labor Day weekend, remember to be safe and travel comfortably and worry-free of leakage by packing all your Wearever incontinence products. Happy travels!

Men Tend To Deal With Incontinence Over Seeking Help

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According to the Urology Care Foundation, anywhere from a quarter to one-third of Americans suffer from urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, this statistic isn’t nearly as definitive as the numerical data of other common medical conditions simply because many who have urinary incontinence don’t always seek help.

Far too often, patients are too embarrassed to tell a doctor about their urinary incontinence and its associated symptoms, ultimately letting themselves suffer in silence. While there is absolutely no shame in seeking treatment for urinary incontinence, many Americans would rather submit themselves to the ever-enduring painful spasms. This is especially true for men.

Although we generally associate cases of incontinence with women, it’s not uncommon for men to have it either. However, since incontinence is strongly associated with women, men who do develop it feel too ashamed to speak up. While this greatly hinders the capability of incontinence studies, it also forms the stigma that incontinence is a ‘woman’s affliction’. Doctors, researchers, and other medical practitioners are working hard to end this inaccurate ideology and give both men and women the confidence and assurance to speak up about their battle with urinary incontinence.

Urinary Incontinence in Men

The true number of men who suffer from urinary incontinence is very much unknown. This is largely because many studies on urinary incontinence are centered around women, as well as the fact that most men don’t seek treatment for it. In one study conducted by the National Association for Continence, research showed that roughly 18% of men with symptoms of incontinence discussed the issue with a doctor (source). And while that 18% is only comprised of the few men who stepped forward and admitted their ailment, that still leaves over millions and millions of Americans with undiagnosed symptoms.

Additionally, in a separate study organized by UT Southwestern and published in the journal Urology, researchers found that men who suffer from stress incontinence–incontinence that occurs from physical activity, coughing, exertion, etc.–will suffer the symptoms for approximately two years before seeking help from a medical professional. Additionally, about one-third will wait for more than five years (source).

Diagnosis and Treatment

Urinary incontinence in men could develop as a side effect from certain medications, surgeries (especially prostatectomies), aging, and more. It’s true that male incontinence is not as widespread as incontinence in women, but it is still a very common occurrence. In light of this pressing issue, Dr. Joceline Fuchs, Assistant Instructor of Urology, explains, “Our goal is to spread the word that effective treatments exist for men with stress urinary incontinence, but also to facilitate an immediate and accurate diagnosis among stress urinary incontinence patients.” It’s true, there are many different treatment methods that greatly help soothe symptoms, decrease the frequency of urination, and altogether improve the quality of life for many patients. Unfortunately, even with this information out there and prominent, millions of men and women still refuse to seek treatment.

To get a better understand as to why so many men hide their pain with urinary incontinence, the researchers at UT Southwestern decided to conduct an alternative study. In this study, researchers reviewed the cases of 572 men who were evaluated for anti-incontinence surgery in Dallas, Texas between 2007 and 2017. In their research, they found that the median length of time the men waited to seek professional help was 32 months. More than a third of this group waited over five years. Additionally, the group of patients who were in their 80’s claimed to of waited approximately seven years.

Currently, doctors and medical officials are still working tirelessly to show that urinary incontinence in men is entirely normalized. Most importantly, seeking treatment can make all the difference in their lives.

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4 Ways to Meet New Friends as a Senior

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Getting yourself out into the social world and meeting new people can be hard for people of all ages. Whether you’ve relocated, lost touch with old friends or simply retired, meeting new friends as a senior can be particularly challenging. Gone are the days of easily meeting new people at school, work or your children’s extracurricular events. So, it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to mingle with new faces. In fact, according to a Michigan State University study, some people experience the same positive effects on health resulting from strong friendships when compared to relationships with family members. If you don’t know how to get started, check out these four fun ways for seniors to meet new friends:

  1. Enroll in an Interesting Class

There are tons of amazing public classes out there for every hobby that fascinates you, from painting and writing to dancing and gardening. Once you’re surrounded by like minded people, it’s much easier and natural to socialize and find common interests. Plus, if you attend regularly, the classes will help you refine your communication skills, so you’ll learn how to socialize with new friends anywhere!

  1. Engage with social media

Social media isn’t just for the millennial generation. It’s also a great tool for seniors to meet new people in their communities. The digital world is full of opportunities to develop real-life or online relationships with friends and support systems. Your grandchildren will certainly be impressed once they figure out how savvy you are on social media!

  1. Volunteer

Find a cause or issue that you’re passionate about, and volunteer alongside people who share that same enthusiasm. If you love helping animals, try a local pet shelter. If art or history excites you, consider reaching out to a museum in your area to see if they have volunteer openings. The opportunities are truly endless.

  1. Join a Senior Center

Senior centers are often associated with Bingo night and bowling, but most centers have moved passed these stereotypical offerings and have evolved their activities to include fun, entertaining things like karaoke, field trips, concerts and more. These are just a few of the many opportunities senior centers present for bonding with fellow seniors!

Now, who’s ready to get out of the house and socialize? Before you head out into the world, don’t forget your Wearever incontinence panties and incontinence briefs to help keep you dry from light to heavy leakage while you’re making new friends!

Celebrities Discuss Their Lives with Incontinence

From television stars to supermodels, many celebrities are using their public visibility to discuss living with urinary incontinence and encourage open, healthy conversation about the topic. These celebrities are speaking out in solidarity to reinforce that leakage does not discriminate based on age, profession or fame. Rather, millions of people across the United States are living with urinary incontinence for a variety of reasons, including pregnancy, child birth, health conditions, diet, stress levels and more. Check out what these four celebrities have to say about overcoming leakage and regaining their confidence throughout their experiences with incontinence:

Kris Jenner

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Best known for being the fearless leader of the Kardashian-Jenner family, Kris Jenner opened up to her fans about her life with urinary incontinence during an episode of the family’s reality television show, “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” After experiencing light leakage while exercising and laughing, Jenner decided to visit a doctor on camera. According to his observations, Jenner’s doctor concluded that she was experiencing stress incontinence and recommended pelvic exercises to help prevent leakage. The most important thing Jenner asks women with incontinence to remember? “People think they’re the only ones dealing with this. Light bladder leakage is not a big, bad monster, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of,” she said. “Once you prepare yourself, you can laugh and jump and sneeze, and do it with confidence.”

Chrissy Teigen

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Being a world-renowned supermodel and food author keeps Chrissy Teigen quite busy. But, recently, Teigen added yet another role to her resume — mother of two. Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend, welcomed their second child, a baby boy, this past May. She bravely opened up to the public about not only her struggles with postpartum depression, but also adjusting to postpartum incontinence. “No one told me I would be coming home in diapers, too,” Teigen said earlier this year on Twitter, referring to returning back home after giving birth to her son. However, this is quite common for mothers after giving birth. In fact, up to 50 percent of women experience changes in urinary control during and after pregnancy, according to Roger Goldberg, the director of urogynecology research at the University of Chicago’s NorthShore University HealthSystem. Simply, women experiencing postpartum incontinence are not alone.

Sheryl Underwood

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Comedian and talk show host Sheryl Underwood wants the world to know she is not ashamed of her urinary incontinence, something she has experienced for over ten years now. According to Underwood, she first noticed her leakage after her partial hysterectomy surgery. Being a young, successful comedian, Underwood needed a solution that could help keep her dry throughout the day, so she turned to incontinence products and hasn’t looked back since. “I wasn’t going to run from [incontinence]. Most people would feel a kind of concern,” she said. “You don’t want to have to worry. Most people would be ashamed. I’m not because this is now a regular part of my life.”

You should never feel alone throughout your experiences with incontinence. There is a warm, embracing community of people who are going through the same thing, from celebrities and business people to stay-at-home parents.

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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.