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What Increases Your Risk

Many things have been linked to an increased risk of urinary incontinence in men.

Physical conditions or lifestyle

  • Age-related changes, including decreased bladder capacity and physical frailty
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Injury to the bladder or urethra, such as from radiation therapy or prostate surgery
  • Bladder infection or prostatitis
  • Obesity
  • Structural abnormalities of the urinary tractcamera.gif

Medicines and foods

  • Caffeinated and carbonated drinks, such as coffee, tea, and soda pop
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription medicines that increase urine production, such as diuretics, or relax the bladder, such as anticholinergics and antidepressants
  • Other prescription medicines, such as sedatives, narcotics, and calcium channel blockers
  • Nonprescription medicines, such as diet, allergy, and cold medicines

Diseases and health conditions

  • Neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, diabetes, spinal injury, and multiple sclerosis
  • Bladder cancer
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Anxiety and depression

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

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