4 Facts (That Are Actually Interesting) for Bladder Health Awareness Month

added on: November 7, 2019
man with urge to urinate

We’re changing November to ‘Know’vember as we talk about bladder health in honor of Bladder Health Awareness Month

But first, let’s pay thanks to these organizations:

The Urology Care Foundation

The American Urological Association (AUA)

The Bladder Health Alliance

They represent a knowledgeable coalition of physicians, patients, and veterans who want to encourage the public (YOU) to learn the facts about bladder health and take a more active role in how you manage it in your daily life — no matter what age you are.

Now, it’s on to the facts, courtesy of your friends at Greater Pittston Urology. We hope you’ll learn a little something and feel inspired to take better care of your bladder. Millions of people across the U.S. struggle with some kind of bladder issue every single day. We want to remind you that if you do too, you’re not alone, and there’s no reason to be embarrassed.

Fact #1 – Most American adults are uncomfortable talking about anything that has to do with urination. 

Astellas Pharma US, Inc. and the AUA conducted a survey of 1,000 adults in the U.S. about urinating. They found that:

– Most people rely on some code word when it’s time to talk urination. Check out some of the most common phrases:

– Using the bathroom (62%)

– Peeing (55%)

– Taking a leak (19%)

– Going potty (17%)

– According to the survey, having the sudden urge to urinate that you can’t control and waking up in the middle of the night to urinate are two things that most Americans don’t want to talk about with anyone.

Fact #2 – Saying goodbye to tobacco will greatly benefit your bladder health.

November is also the perfect time to put your cigarettes out for good. It’s also National COPD Awareness Month and the Great American Smokeout, where the nearly 44 million Americans who smoke are urged to kick the habit once and for all. Your Pittston urologist agrees 100 percent because using tobacco is one of the leading causes of cancer in the bladder. People who smoke can be two or even three times more likely to develop the disease compared to nonsmokers. 

Fact #3 – Bladder health impacts all Americans. (Whether it’s you or someone you know.)

The AUA gathered some staggering numbers about how bladder health plays a role in our lives in the U.S. 

– Bladder diseases and conditions cost $70 billion every year.

– More than 33 million adults in the U.S. have overactive bladder issues.

– Nursing home admissions are estimated to cost about $6 billion every year due to problems with urinary incontinence

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the reason behind more than 8 million doctor visits each year. (1.3 million are kids, 1.2 million are men, and 5.3 million are women.)

Fact #4 – Knowing what’s normal (and what’s not) could save your life. 

The biggest tip your friends at Greater Pittston Urology can give you for excellent bladder health would be to drink plenty of water. Try to get about six to eight cups every day. Don’t let anyone tell you caffeine and alcohol don’t affect your urinary health. They do and can quickly and frequently upset your bladder. The same goes for soda and energy drinks. They can heighten bladder activity and causing overactive bladder issues. Remember this: Going to the bathroom about four to eight times a day is OK, but no more than twice a night. Take your time when urinating, being sure your bladder is fully empty. Failing to do so could cause an unwanted infection in your urinary tract or bladder. 

We hope you won’t be shy about talking to your friends at Greater Pittston Urology if you’re struggling with bladder control problems. It’s important to tell your healthcare provider about your symptoms. You might feel embarrassed, but it’s what we hear about and treat every day. It’s our job to listen and help you heal. Bladder issues are really very common, and with today’s technology and medicines, they’re highly treatable. If you feel like you might have something going on with your bladder, now is the time to call Greater Pittston Urology. Schedule a consultation and talk to us about what you’re experiencing. We’re here to help!