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10 Worst Foods for Your Bladder

Behind Your Bladder Problems

Behind Your Bladder Problems

Don't blame your bathroom VIP status on a small bladder. The more likely culprit is a common bladder problem such as urge incontinence (also called overactive bladder) or interstitial cystitis (IC), a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall. Combined, these two conditions are more common than type 2 diabetes. IC, which is most common in women between the ages of 30 and 40, is often associated with symptoms similar to those of a urinary tract infection (UTI). While treatment options, such as medication, surgery and bladder exercises, are available for IC, the elimination of certain irritating foods can be a quick and non-invasive way to find relief.

By J. Kyle Mathews, MD, a board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology in private practice in Plano, Texas, and an expert in MedHelp’s urogynecology forum. Published March 14, 2011.