Friday, March 20, 2009

Health Tips for March 20

Health Tip: Managing Urinary Incontinence

Many women have urinary incontinence, notably after having a baby or after beginning menopause.

The National Women's Health Information Center says there are many treatment options for urinary incontinence in women, among them:

  • Performing Kegel exercises can help strengthen the muscles in your pelvis. This may help prevent stress leakage.
  • Losing extra pounds can help relieve pressure on your bladder.
  • Eliminating from your diet certain foods and liquids -- such as alcohol, tea, coffee and other caffeinated products -- can help reduce incontinence.
  • Scheduling certain times each day to go to the bathroom, instead of waiting until you need to go, can help you regain bladder control.
  • Taking medications prescribed by your doctor can help reduce certain types of leakage.

Health Tip: Women and High Blood Pressure

In women, the risk factors for high blood pressure can be different than those for men.

The American Heart Association lists these factors that may increase the risk of high blood pressure in women:

  • Taking birth control pills.
  • Being pregnant.
  • Being postmenopausal.
  • Being black.
  • Being overweight.
  • Having a family history of high blood pressure.

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