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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.  

Incontinence-Friendly Recipe of the Month: Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Harvest Bowls

Looking for a simple healthy weeknight meal that still packs in the flavor? No need to slave over the stove for hours to create a delicious dish. This bowl is also perfect for lunches on the go or a picnic with your family. Particularly for those with incontinence, there are many identified ingredients that can make symptoms worse and this recipe avoids those known irritants and delivers delicious, fall flavor!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 whole carrots, peeled and quartered (large pieces halved)
  • 1 1/2 cups quartered baby yellow potatoes
  • 2 cups halved Brussels sprouts
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • Healthy pinch each sea salt + black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary (or dried)

Quinoa:

  • 1 cup white quinoa, well rinsed + drained
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • Pinch sea salt

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced (~3 Tbsp.)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place the carrots and potatoes on the sheet.
  4. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. maple syrup, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Toss to combine.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. While the vegetables are baking, heat a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  7. Once hot, add rinsed quinoa and lightly sautée before adding water to evaporate leftover moisture and bring out a nutty flavor.
  8. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add water and a pinch of salt.
  9. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat.
  10. Then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 18-22 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
  11. Open lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Tilt the lid, remove from the heat, and set aside.
  12. When the veggies are at the 12-minute mark, remove pan from the oven and add the Brussels sprouts.
  13. Top with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, 1 Tbsp. maple syrup, and another pinch each of salt and pepper. Loosely toss to combine.
  14. Return pan to oven and roast for an additional 10-12 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are golden brown and the carrots and potatoes are fork tender. (This ensures that the potatoes and carrots are cooked through and the sprouts don’t get too soft.)
  15. Lastly, prepare dressing by adding tahini, lemon juice, and maple syrup to a small mixing bowl and whisking to combine. Add 2 Tbsp. of warm water at a time and whisk until thick but pourable. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
  16. To serve, divide quinoa and vegetables between serving bowls and top with a generous drizzle of tahini sauce. Top with garnish of choice, such as pomegranate arils or fresh herbs.

Enjoy this healthy and satisfying bowl any day of the week! Prepare as your main dish or bring to a dinner party as a side. This comforting mix of veggies and quinoa is perfect for the chilly fall air. Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker.

Running for Enjoyment Rather than to the Restroom

It’s no secret that running is extremely beneficial to your health. In addition to helping you stay fit, running also boosts mental health, prevents diseases and relieves stress. But did you know that as many as 30 percent of female runners report experiencing urinary incontinence while running? If that’s you, there’s no need to cancel your afternoon jog. Instead, check out these five tips for how to enjoy the miles without the worry:

  1. Kill the Urge with Kegels

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When you have weakened pelvic muscles, the impact of your legs hitting the ground can cause leakage. Pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened through Kegel exercises, which luckily can be done anytime and anywhere.

  1. Cut Out the Coffee

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If you have incontinence, consuming caffeine before a run can actually increase the urge to urinate, not suppress it. Caffeine is a natural stimulant and diuretic. Instead, make sure you get a good night’s sleep and are hydrated to enjoy the miles without emergency stops.

  1. Think about Timing

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To prevent any mishaps, time your fluid intake and bathroom visits throughout the day and before pounding the pavement. It’s recommended you visit the restroom every two to three hours before leaving to keep you on track.

  1. Gear Up for your Goals

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As runners, we think a lot about how to make our time exercising as successful as possible. Careful consideration is put into everything from our sneakers to our earphones. Wearing the right clothing can make a big difference in achieving your distance and time goals. Our comfortable and breathable incontinence panties and briefs allow you to keep your focus on reaching the finish line.

  1. Slow and Steady Wins the Race

As you work on strengthening your pelvic floor, you might want to consider taking things slow during a jog. When we move faster, we are more likely to have poor form and our body struggles to compensate. While you put effort into bolstering your muscles, consider decreasing your pace.

Incontinence shouldn’t stop you from enjoying exercise. Check out this blog post for more on how incontinence can affect physical activity and steps you can take to mitigate its impact.

Fecal Incontinence Is More Common Than You Think

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When we think of incontinence, we often associate it with unwanted and unintentional urine leakage.

However, fecal incontinence is almost as prevalent as urinary incontinence yet is rarely discussed. Incontinence can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender and could be due to hereditary factors or other health-induced reasons.

The Prevalence of Fecal Incontinence

Did you know that 24 percent of men and 17 percent of women experience fecal incontinence?

That means that almost one in five adults have, at one point or another, experienced fecal incontinence (Source).

Fecal incontinence could be accompanied by other bowel issues such as: constipation, gas and bloating, and diarrhea.

Factors That Cause Fecal Incontinence

Damage to the anal sphincter muscles

Sphincter muscles work to hold stool within the body. When these muscles are damaged, they become weak and fail to hold stool in resulting in fecal incontinence. A common cause of this is an injury sustained during childbirth. With the intense pressure that this area endures, damage to the anal sphincter muscles is common.

Pelvic nerve damage

When pelvic muscles are damaged, it can severely affect your ability to sense when you have to use the bathroom.

Reduction in rectum elasticity

There are various things that can lessen the resilience of the flexibility of the bowel. This could be hereditary or as a result of surgery or childbirth.

Dementia

Fecal incontinence tends to be prevalent in those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s due to the inability to control bowl movements.

Fecal incontinence is also referred to as Accidental Bowl Loss (ABL) and is too infrequently discussed with doctors and physicians.

If you suffer from fecal incontinence, it is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. Treatments are available that will supply you with relief of your symptoms so that you can lead a normal everyday life. Speak to your doctor or physician today and start a journey toward a better quality of life that is free from the worries of incontinence.

Wearever provides a a variety of products that help you manage incontinence. Check out our incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads.

Feeling Secure and Fabulous – Incontinence Panties Review

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Incontinence doesn’t have to make you feel tied down or unable to live your life to the fullest. In fact, studies have shown it’s better to continue being active to help ease incontinence symptoms whether it’s long walks or gentle exercise.

Blogger Elisheva shared her thoughts on our Smooth and Silky Seamless Full-Cut Incontinence Panties and pointed out several of our favorite features in her review!

She shared, “These Women’s Smooth and Silky Seamless panties in beige are the perfect pair of panties to discreetly treat incontinence. They fit very well and the nude color matches pretty much anything. They are absorbent for when accidents occur and are easily washable.”

Thanks for sharing your honest opinion, Elisheva! You can read her full review here and check out other Wearever undergarment styles and colors here.

Wearever Incontinence Bed Pads Provide Reliable Protection

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For those who suffer from incontinence, going to bed and waking up to a soiled sheet and mattress can be a constant struggle. Since incontinence is involuntary and uncontrolled, leakage can happen at any time, even when you are asleep. Stress incontinence, the most prevalent type of incontinence, is experienced by an estimated 25 million adult women in America. It’s time to put the bedtime worries away with an innovative product designed for incontinence sufferers.

By placing these revolutionary reusable bed pads over your existing mattress, those who have incontinence don’t have to worry about waking up to a wet bed. These bed pads are designed to quickly soak up urine, preventing further leakage onto your mattress which can cause permanent stains.

You Can’t Put a Price Tag On Overnight Protection

Our durable and dependable incontinence bed pads are comfortable, affordable, and reusable. Fall asleep with reassurance knowing that even if an accident does happen, you can wake up dry and excited to start your day.

These highly absorbent bed pads instantly soak up urine through a unique three-layer design that locks in wetness. The three layer design is comprised of:

  • Quilted top layer
  • 8oz poly soaker to contain moisture
  • Moisture proof layer mad eof knitted vinyl fabric

Our incontinence bed pads also work for:

  • Baby cribs
  • Toddler beds
  • The couch

Use Incontinence Underwear As Well For Extra Protection

In addition to Wearever incontinence bed pads, our incontinence panties and incontinence briefs also provide reliable protection especially when used with bed pads.

 

 

How Do You Know if You Have Incontinence?

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Incontinence is becoming less of a taboo topic as more people are opening up about their diagnosis, symptoms and treatments. Accordingly to Urology Care Foundation, approximately 33 million Americans live with urinary incontinence. Could you be one of them?

If you want to learn more about incontinence, check out the list of symptoms below.

Symptoms of stress incontinence:

  • Involuntary release of urine, especially when you cough, sneeze or laugh
  • Leaking a small to moderate amount of urine

Symptoms of urge incontinence:

  • Frequent and sudden incontrollable need to urinate
  • May leak anywhere from a small to large amount of urine

Symptoms of overflow incontinence:

  • Frequent or constant dribbling of urine
  • Bladder never feels empty

Symptoms of functional incontinence:

  • Experiencing a physical or mental impairment that keeps you from making it to the bathroom in time
    • Example: arthritis could prevent someone from being unable to unbutton pants

Symptoms of mixed incontinence:

  • Experiences one or more of the above symptoms

If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, we recommend seeing your doctor to learn more about your options. For those already diagnosed with incontinence, know there are resources and solutions to help you stay comfortable and worry free!

Customer Review Of Our Smooth & Silky Seamless Incontinence Panties

incontinence pantiesA huge thank you to Shalida Quinn for her wonderful review of our Smooth & Silky Seamless Incontinence Panties.

Shalida Quinn suffers sacral agenesis ( a birth defect that makes her unable to walk). Shalida always had bladder issues since she was a child and tried various solutions with little to no help. As a grown woman, Shalida

It is safe to say that Shalida is a fan of our incontinence panties she said that “They feel like normal panties and it’s great for women to have something that makes them feel confident and comfortable. ”

You can read her full blog post at the following link: https://sathewriter.com/2016/08/04/wearever-incontinence-pantiesreview/.

Incontinence Supplies That Help You Get Your Life Back

How Incontinence Can Affect Daily Life

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Urinary incontinence, commonly referred to as UI,  is something that is a daily inconvenience and a constant struggle for those who have it. With the appropriate incontinence supplies, involuntary leakage of urine can be managed and dealt with. The unwanted annoyance of urine leakage can severely affect the social lives of those who suffer from it which in turn can lead to self-confidence issues along with a feeling of hopelessness.

Urinary Incontinence Causes Disturbances in Lifestyle

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a bladder control issue that:

  •  Happens to nearly one in four women world-wide
  • Affects a figured 15 million adult females in the United States
  • Affects nearly 25 million Americans and over 200 million individuals globally
  •  Is the result of an overactive bladder and is most prevalent in women who have had children, are pregnant, or are menopausal which explains why there are more female sufferers than male ones

Although urinary incontinence is non-life threatening and is by no means an indication that you are unhealthy, it is still an inconvenience that has emotional side effects resulting in a lack of quality of life. For those who once enjoyed exercise and daily work-outs may find themselves no longer able to enjoy these activities due to urine leakage when pressure and stress is applied to the abdominal area. As a result, sufferers tend to me less active and less social for the simple fact that they fear leakage may occur

Urinary Incontinence and Self Esteem Issues

Self-image along with confidence and happiness is compromised when you can no longer enjoy activities that you once previously enjoyed partaking in such as exercises that put added pressure on your abs. Those who are affected may be embarrassed when an accident happens due to urine stains and a fear that people around them may smell an odor. This can result in social isolation, being afraid that those around you may notice or make commentary.

Incontinence can also severely affect:

– Sleeping cycles which can make you feel exhausted come morning time, leaving you with limited energy to enjoy your day

–  Has the power to limit your ability to do activities leaving you feeling stray and alone

– Your wardrobe: you may feel confined to certain outfits thus limiting clothing options

The Wearever Line of Incontinence Supplies

At Wearever, we are happy to bring our customers quality products that will help with incontinence in a simple non surgical fashion.

Our line of incontinence products include:

Incontinence Briefs

  • Our line of incontinence briefs for men boast superior permeable and protective layers that aid in absorbing leaks. They come in various fits and styles along with sewn-in Unique-Dri pads and odor-eliminating so that you can feel fresh, clean and dry all day long. They are also an investment into your quality of life in that leakage as a result of exercise, coughing, laughing or sneezing will no longer be a worry in the back of your mind.

Incontinence Panties

  • Wearever incontinence panties for women are designed to give you your freedom, confidence, and quality of life back. They are completely discreet, having the thinness and fit of a standard panty but having the absorption of a pad. These undergarments feature sewn-in Unique-Dri pads which trap in liquid leaks where they are absorbed and instantly treated with odor eliminating antimicrobial fibers. Best of all, these panties are durable, lasting for up to 250 washes before having to be discarded making them a lucrative and economical investment both money-wise and well-being wise.

Incontinence Bed Pads

  • Incontinence bed pads are another beneficial product designed for sufferers. These bed pads are manufactured with absorbent materials in conjunction with a waterproof liner, allowing your mattress and/or furniture to stay dry when a leak occurs. Our bed pads are entirely washable and reusable making them a very economical option for those with incontinence problems. Each model is designed to bear leaks and prevent wetness from seeping through.

 

Incontinence-Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Strawberry Salad

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Spring temperatures mean new fresh produce is hitting the stands! We’re excited to dig into this refreshing salad from MyRecipes.com. It’s perfect for lunch and hearty enough to serve as weekday dinner.

It also has the added benefit of avoiding common ingredients that can aggravate urinary incontinence. We hope you enjoy this crisp salad and the beautiful spring weather!

Ingredients:

Dressing:

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon water

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salad:

4 cups torn romaine lettuce

4 cups arugula

2 cups quartered strawberries

1/3 cup vertically sliced red onion

12 ounces skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast, sliced

2 tablespoons unsalted cashews, halved

Directions:

  1. To prepare dressing, combine sugar, red wine vinegar, water, salt and black pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Gradually drizzle in oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  3. Set dressing aside.
  4. To prepare salad, combine romaine with arugula, quartered strawberries, red onion and chicken in a bowl; toss gently.
  5. Place about 2 cups chicken and salad mixture on each of 4 plates.
  6. Top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cashews.
  7. Drizzle about 4 teaspoons dressing over each serving.
  8. Enjoy!

Not sure what diet has to do with incontinence? Check out how small nutrition modifications can reduce urinary leaks. Also check out our incontinence briefs and incontinence panties that provide the protection you can count on.