What can be done to prevent the condition?
There are ways to prevent urinary incontinence:
Exercising the muscles of the pelvic floor can help. To find these muscles, a person can simply stop the flow of urine while urinating. This exercise should be practiced several times a day to strengthen the muscles.
Drinking one or two glasses of cranberry juice each day will help prevent infection.
Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day will keep the urine dilute.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Urinary incontinence is the second leading cause of institutionalizing elderly people. The problem contributes to the development of pressure sores, bladder and kidney infections, and depression. Depression is a common long-term effect. The condition disrupts the normal activities of daily living. Without correct diagnosis and treatment, the problem will worsen and will be even more difficult to treat.
Urinary incontinence is also embarrassing and frustrating.