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Which foods and drinks can worsen the symptoms of overactive bladder?

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f you feel that any of these potential problem foods make your urge incontinence symptoms worse, see if eliminating or cutting them back helps:

  • Acidic foods
  • Very spicy foods
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Chocolate
  • Salty foods

SOURCES:

American Urological Association Foundation: "A Basic Guide to Bladder Health."

American Urogynecologic Society: "Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes: Improving Urinary Urgency, Frequency and Urge Incontinence."

National Association for Continence: "Urgency Urinary Incontinence/Overactive Bladder: Dietary Changes."

National Toxicology Program: "Caffeine."

Gregory A. Kitagawa, MD, assistant professor, department of reproductive biology, Case Western Reserve University; ob-gyn, MetroHealth Medical Center; Cleveland.

American Dietetic Association: "Kidney Disease and Diet."

Duke University Health System: "Incontinence Management Treatments: Fluid and Dietary Modifications."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Tract Infections in Adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Bladder Irritating Foods."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American Urological Association Foundation: "A Basic Guide to Bladder Health."

American Urogynecologic Society: "Lifestyle and Behavioral Changes: Improving Urinary Urgency, Frequency and Urge Incontinence."

National Association for Continence: "Urgency Urinary Incontinence/Overactive Bladder: Dietary Changes."

National Toxicology Program: "Caffeine."

Gregory A. Kitagawa, MD, assistant professor, department of reproductive biology, Case Western Reserve University; ob-gyn, MetroHealth Medical Center; Cleveland.

American Dietetic Association: "Kidney Disease and Diet."

Duke University Health System: "Incontinence Management Treatments: Fluid and Dietary Modifications."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Urinary Tract Infections in Adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Bladder Irritating Foods."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

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