10 Foods to Avoid if You Have an Overactive Bladder

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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 10/22/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   

"Decreasing fluids is often the first thing tried by someone seeking to control an overactive bladder. After all, if you drink less overall, you reduce the need to use the bathroom often or the chance of having an accident before you can get there. Right?
Yes -- but if you drink too little (fewer than about eight cups a day), urine becomes concentrated, which can cause even more bladder irritation. That's why equally important to managing bladder problems is what you're drinking and eating.
Whether you're plagued by stress incontinence, prostate issues, urge incontinence, or some other form of overactive bladder syndrome (OBS), try eliminating some of the following foods and beverages. Keep a food diary to see if the change makes a difference. All of the following are known to exacerbate bladder problems in some people."

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   Posted 10/22/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Steve...good information.

I would guess this would also apply to those just out of surgery and are trying to regain continence...am I correct on that?
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Worried Guy
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   Posted 10/22/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
What the?!?! I summarized the slide show for you.
1) Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple...
2) Milk Chocolate(chocolate contains caffeine) hot chocolate
3) Coffee and black tea -- even decaf
4) Hot sauce, chili peppers, wasabi
5) Sugar and honey -even artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame) irritate.
6) Tomato products -all tomato forms, including sauces, paste, juice, spaghetti sauce, taco sauce, and salsa.
7) Alcohol - wine, beer, champagne, or hard liquor,
8) Milk and cheese - very rich and creamy milk products, such as cream cheese, sour cream, or aged cheeses.
9) Energy drinks
10) Carbonated drinks -colas, other flavors, fizzy water, seltzer, champagne

Oh, and don't forget the foods we need to avoid to keep our PCa "under control": Red meat, etc...

What the heck is left?
Anyone care to join me in a Tofu and lettuce sandwich on dry toast? Here's a cup of ice chips to suck on.

Jeff (the leaking one)

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   Posted 10/22/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh dear what am I going to eat and drink?
Fortunately I've never had any desire to drink an energy drink and I don't enjoy excessively hot chilis and spices anyway, but I score 8 out of 10. Maybe that's why I've always had to go so often

Alternatives may not be perfect as lately I've been finding apples taste very acidic too.

Aren't there any combination foods/liquids that can be paired up with the strong/acidic/fizzy/alcohol ones to reduce their effect?

At the end of the day I might be prepared to put up with a little bit of bladder reaction in order to get some of the healthy food on the list into me.

If the PCa journey has a lot to do with QOL then what I eat and drink is part of that QOL.


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   Posted 10/22/2010 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Well my mouse and keyboard are looking pretty tasty. I thinking BBQ over indirect fire....


Worried Guy
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   Posted 10/22/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Wigged Out,
They're fine. But only if you have them without ketchup.

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   Posted 10/23/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
stick with the numeric key pad... less concentrated fat.  Seriously, I thought the tomato sauces, tomatoes, etc where supposed to help?

Worried Guy
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   Posted 10/23/2010 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh no! Mr. Bill! I thought so too. I guess you just can't win.
Or you go by the rule, eat a balanced diet and all things in moderation. Eat a few of the letter keys with the numerics. Avoid the big "C"!

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 10/23/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Avoid: Tomato products
Tomatoes are acidic; hence their bladder-irritating quality. The effect varies by individual, but if you're vulnerable, try cutting out all tomato forms, including sauces, paste, juice, spaghetti sauce, taco sauce, and salsa.
Better: Substitute mushrooms and other vegetables, a thin white sauce, beans, or other ingredients wherever you'd use tomatoes or tomato sauce.

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 10/23/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
You guys have way too much time on hand! Sure makes funny reading. FOTF****

Thanks guys!

Oh they forgot one No Watermellon!

Cajun Jeff
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9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED

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   Posted 10/23/2010 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Someone pass the floss. I think I got the Caps Lock key stuck in my back tooth.

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   Posted 10/23/2010 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Steve, my husband has been in Rehab for three weeks.  He is learning the proper way to do exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor.  The therapist gave him a list like the one you linked to.  Most of his favorite foods are on that list.  Needless to say, he hasn't had much success eliminating the "bad" food which is so good.   nono   He tries...

Now, with Halloween coming up, I just know he won't be able to resist those delicious chocolate candy bars that we give out to the kiddies. confused

Husband Ron, age 63
4/1/10 PSA 5.5 Prostate size = 50 cc.
Biopsy on 4/20/10 12 samples... Adenocarcinoma: 3 positive on right side, one core left base (5% ` 0.5 mm) - two cores of left lateral mid
(20% ~ 2mm, 10%, 10% ~ 1mm) - No Perineural Invasion
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ED / Day time incontinence.
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