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Urinary incontinence caused by too much sitting

Bladder problems? The real cause isn’t inside your body!

Here’s a crazy irony for you guys today: The more you sit, the more likely you’ll end up running.

And I don’t mean training for a marathon.

You could end up running for the toilet – and possibly not making it in time – as new research finds that guys who spend the most hours on the couch face the highest risk of bladder problems.

Whether you’re a desk jockey, a sofa surfer, or simply someone who sits a lot, your risk of those embarrassing leaks, urgent runs, and flat-out incontinence jumps with every hour spent seated.

If you spent 10 hours a day sitting, your risk of bladder struggles jumps by 15 percent.

Sit less?

You could still be at risk: Even five of your waking hours a day spent parked could increase the risk by 8 percent.

On the flip side, if you don’t have bladder problems yet, just a little more movement can help prevent them. Even light daily activity will cut your risk by 6 percent.

Get more movement, and the risk will drop by another 7 percent.

That might sound like a small jump in risk, but the study focused largely on men in their 40s and 50s, when the overall risk is still low.

As you get older and the bladder gets a little weaker, you can bet that the link between “pee problems” and too much sitting gets even greater.

If you’re reading this and thinking “too late for me,” I’ve got some more news for you today: It’s NOT.

Even if you’re already struggling with bladder control… even if you’re dashing to the toilet more often than you care to admit… and even if you’ve had to deal with an embarrassing leak… you can STILL take action.

You can turn it around, regain control, and restore your confidence, and you can do it without the need for harmful medications.

First, change the habit that got you here. Stand up, walk around, and keep on your feet… and you can prevent further damage (and cut your risk of even more serious health conditions, including heart disease and dementia).

And second, lose a little weight.

The new study doesn’t show why people who sit the most have such a high risk, but I think it has a lot to do with weight. Sedentary folks tend to weigh more – often a lot more – and that extra size can put pressure on the bladder, which leads to all of those problems.

Drop a few pounds, and you can plug your leaks and cut your risks.

Bacteria are all over your kitchen sponge

The surprising source of sickening germs in your own home

It just might be the dirtiest spot in your home, with more germs per square inch than anything else.

And it’s NOT where you’d expect it.

It’s not in your toilet. It’s not under the sink. It’s not in the basement, attic, or garage… and not even that weird spot in the back of the fridge.

No, this filthy piece of real estate is something you use and touch every day, and it comes in direct contact with the dishes you eat from.

It’s your sponge!

Researchers squeezed out a bunch of kitchen sponges and found at least 362 different types of bacteria living inside.

Many are, of course, harmless. This is expected. We’re surrounded by bacteria, and many won’t hurt you.

The most common type of bacteria found on the sponges are the types that are probably crawling around on your skin right now.

But at least five types of bacteria found inside sponges aren’t harmless at all.

They’re what’s known as “risk group 2” germs, which generally aren’t deadly bugs but certainly can make you sick.

These are the germs responsible for common infections, including the kind that make you miserable enough to have to visit a doctor and get treatment.

In some cases, they even found bacteria such as the Staphylococcus responsible for “staph infections,” as well as the Salmonella and Campylobacter behind many cases of food poisoning.

The research team found so many different types of germs that they called your kitchen sponges the “biggest reservoirs of active bacteria in the whole house.”

That’s no exaggeration: A 2013 study found the average dish sponge has a bacterial count of 775,460,560.

That’s 3,000 times dirtier than number two on the list, the tap handle on your sink (which has a count of 228,854).

Your toilet seat, by contrast, has a count of just 1,200 — in large part because people clean their toilets more often than their sinks and sponges.

But you can fix that easily enough.

One option is obvious. Don’t try to squeeze extra life out of your sponges. Buy them in bulk, and make sure you replace them often.

The other is much less obvious: You can actually wash the germs right out of your sponge.

Search online and you’ll find instructions for sanitizing sponges in both the microwave and dishwasher.

Obviously, they’re not meant to last forever… so, even if you do clean them regularly, be sure to also replace the things often as well.

New report recommends against drugs for incontinence

Patch that leaky bladder is just MINUTES a day

If you’re not in your Golden Years just yet, you might be a little surprised by what many seniors consider to be the worst part of aging. It’s not slowing down. It’s not the creaky knees. It’s not the graying hair (or no hair at all).

It’s not even the occasional senior moment, which can leave you wondering if it’s the first sign of a slide down the slope of cognitive decline.

No, many of my older patients tell me the ABSOLUTE worst part of all is the indignity of an aging bladder — one that sends you running to the bathroom every hour, or one that leaks with no warning. Read more