There is a known connection between diabetes and incontinence. One recent study in Norway found that incontinence affected 39 percent of women with diabetes and only 26 percent of women without diabetes.
Current estimates suggest that roughly 15 million Americans experience urinary incontinence — the involuntary loss of urine — and that up to 85% of those affected are women. And the risk of developing incontinence increases as a person ages.
Incontinence can have an enormous effect on a person's quality of life, including their emotional well-being and ability to carry out daily activities.
The exact link between diabetes and incontinence is unknown.
The four possible ways that diabetes can contribute to incontinence are:
The most important thing you can do to begin treating incontinence is to talk to your doctor or other medical professional. While it may be difficult to discuss this sensitive subject with your doctor, addressing the issue with him or her may lead to effective ways to manage incontinence.
Keeping your diabetes well-controlled is the best way to prevent nerve damage or further damage happening
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Incontinence leaves the aging population at risk for impaired skin integrity. Exposure to urine and feces is one of the most common causes of skin breakdown and makes the skin more susceptible to various injuries. It’s always better to prevent a problem than to treat one; so, focus on these key areas when helping a patient maintain healthy skin: