'Coffee link' in male incontinence

17 January 2013

Men who regularly drink coffee throughout the day may be at a greater risk of experiencing male incontinence, according to a new study.

It was revealed that the amount of caffeine in just two cups of coffee can contribute to urinary incontinence in men.

This condition is the inadvertent passing of urine and is surprisingly a very common problem that affects people around the world.

Speaking to Reuters, Dr Alayne Markland, senior author of the study and an academic from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said that this link could prove useful.

She said that men suffering from incontinence and have a fairly high intake of coffee should consider modifying the amount they consume as part of other treatment.

However, the findings were not conclusive, suggesting that further research needs to be undertaken to establish if a link does legitimately exist.

Interestingly, the study noted how incontinence isn't solely about how much fluid is consumed. Caffeine, it was observed, can have an irritating effect on the bladder.

There are some non-surgical and medical steps people can take to prevent urinary incontinence, including losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption and keeping fit.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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