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Urinary incontinence in women is known to be linked to factors such as age, obesity and childbirth injury however a study from Norway reveals that a genetic factor is also involved and that Women are more likely to develop urinary incontinence if their mothers or older sisters also have this problem.
The scientists studied family history in a group of over 2,000 incontinent women, comparing them with 6,000 women whose relatives did not have a problem with incontinence. They found that daughters of mothers with urinary incontinence had a 1.3 times average risk of being incontinent themselves. The risk was double the average if the mother had severe symptoms.
Female siblings had a 1.6 fold increased risk of incontinence if their older sister had the problem. The gene or genes involved remain to be discovered but these findings shed new light on a the condition.
With much talk of the “Social Media Revolution”, Allanda has now set up a Facebook page! This new page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/AllandaLtd. This pages gives you the opportunity to contact us via Facebook if you prefer that to normal email and is also where we will post news about treatment and management of incontinence conditions.
Continuing our policy of offering customers extra value, we have now added Case Savers for Tena Pants Plus Medium, Large and Extra Large. These offer savings of up to 27% over the manufacturers recommended price. Each Case contains 4 packs of TENA Pants Plus.
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More than half of the world’s stroke deaths are caused by elevated blood pressure levels, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A consistent reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered to be high blood pressure, or hypertension.
However it is less well known that high blood pressure can also affect the bladder and incontinence.
“Medications can affect the bladder muscles and cause urinary retention and overflow (urge) incontinence,” says Dianna Malkowski, physician assistant, “If heart disease is present, it can cause excessive urine buildup and decreased mobility that makes it difficult to reach the bathroom in time.”
“There are two important elements to controlling and lowering high blood pressure: taking prescribed medications as directed by your doctor, and adopting a healthier lifestyle,” says Malkowski.
Here are some healthy lifestyle tips that even those with normal levels can follow to prevent high blood pressure
1. Maintain a healthy weight. Those whose doctors advise them to lose weight should aim for a rate of 1/2 to 2 pounds per week. Losing 1 pound per week requires eating 3,500 fewer calories, or 500 fewer calories per day, or burning an extra 3,500 calories per week.
2. Stay physically active. Even 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity on most days of the week can help control high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Moderate-level activity includes housework, gardening, using stairs instead of an elevator, bicycling, swimming and walking.
3. Follow a healthy eating plan. Ask a registered dietician for help creating a diet plan low in sodium, saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol, and high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts.
4. Keep alcohol consumption low. NHS recommendations are 3-4 units a day if you’re a man, 2-3 units a day if you’re a woman.
5. Quit smoking. Smoking can thicken the blood, leading to increased plaque buildup in arteries and damage to blood vessels leading to the brain.
6. Regularly check blood pressure. Blood pressure can be checked at home with monitors and cuffs designed for personal use.
A hospital in Surrey hopes to raise awareness of adult incontinence by holding an awareness day next month.
The event, which will take place at Frimley Park Hospital, will teach members of the public about bladder and bowel problems, as well as the treatments that are available.
Many people believe adult incontinence only affects older people, but in fact as many as one in five women and one in ten men will experience problems at some point.
Jane Bibey, urology nurse specialist at Frimley Park Hospital, told the Get Hampshire website that people are often “reluctant” to discuss urinary incontinence.
“Embarrassment is a huge factor in stopping them from seeking help for what is actually a very common but nevertheless distressing problem,” Ms Bibey said.
“Incontinence can be soul destroying but there is a range of treatment solutions available.”
People who wish to find out more are invited to attend the hospital between 10:00 and 16:00 on September 28th, when they will be able to talk to urology nurse specialists and physiotherapists.
Frimley Park Hospital is an NHS foundation trust hospital that serves Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.
Women who perform pelvic floor exercises on a regular basis tend to be less likely to experience stress urinary incontinence and gain better control over their bladder, it has been claimed.
Writing in the Daily Mirror, writer and medic Dr Miriam Stoppard has provided some useful pointers for women who are unsure of the technique.
She claimed: “The beauty of pelvic floor exercises is that once you’ve mastered how to do them, you can do them pretty much anywhere, any time.”
According to Dr Stoppard, women should start by identifying the relevant group of muscles – this can be done by stopping the flow of urine several times while urinating.
They should then practice tightening these muscles for five seconds, relaxing them for five seconds, then tensing them again.
Dr Stoppard noted: “You may not be able to hold the tension for the full five seconds at first, but you are likely to develop this ability as your pelvic floor muscles grow stronger.”
The muscles should then be tightened and relaxed ten times as quickly as possible, before contracting them for longer “in a more controlled fashion”.
“After about six weeks of these exercises, you should find stopping the flow much easier,” the expert claimed.
The fate of incontinence products users and people with other conditions at six care homes in Northamptonshire hangs in the balance after the firm which owns the residences admitted financial difficulty, it has been revealed.
Some 129 residents of county homes, including Argyll House in Dallington, Northampton, Lucas Court in Moulton and Pytchley Court in Brixworth could be affected by the situation, reports the Northampton Chronicle.
Earlier this week care home operator Southern Cross Healthcare revealed that it was struggling to meet its rent obligations because the NHS and cash-strapped councils are not providing enough referrals.
Residents at Argyll House told the publication that cutbacks are already starting to bite as incontinence pads were being rationed, but Northamptonshire County Council said it would re-home anyone affected by possible closures.
The UK’s biggest care homes operator, Southern Cross Healthcare caters for 31,000 elderly people living in its 750 properties across the country.
Privately-run homes across Southend, which take on council-funded residents with urinary incontinence and other conditions, could be hit by planned budget cuts, it has been revealed.
Southend Council is looking to implement widespread cuts in a bid to plug a £15.5 million deficit in its budget and authorities are considering a reduction in the payments allocated for residents, reports the Echo.
Each care home user could see five per cent of their share hived off, but operators have expressed concern that the move will have an impact on the level of service provided.
Care home owner Barry Gelfand told the publication that the move could also result in closures because it would “cost thousands of pounds” to keep operating his premises.
“It would affect the sustainability of the business. Our other costs – minimum wage, National Insurance, food and VAT – are all going up. There are only so many cuts we can make ourselves,” he said.
Meanwhile, £50 million worth of cuts, which will lead to the closure of five care homes in Wirral, were recently approved.