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Diabetes and incontinence

Bladder incontinence, or accidental urine leakage, can be an embarrassing topic to talk about – even with your doctor. And yet, according to the National Association for Continence, one in three adult Americans experience symptoms of bladder control loss at some point in their lives. They also point out that there’s a connection between diabetes and bladder control loss.



People with diabetes may experience bladder control loss due to any of the following:

  • Need to urinate frequently
  • Nerve damage (or neuropathy) can interfere with proper bladder function
  • Weakened bladder muscles from frequent urination


Common types of incontinence are:

  • Stress incontinence, in which sudden movement, such as coughing, can cause you to leak a little urine.
  • Urge incontinence (also called “Overactive bladder,” OAB), in which you feel like you have to go suddenly, and then you’re not able to make it to the bathroom before leaking.

In general, women are more likely to have accidental leakage than men, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Bladder leakage protection

To manage leakage, some people may use feminine hygiene pads. These pads, however, are not designed to absorb urine. Adult incontinence products, available for both for men and women, include pads and liners, along with disposable and reusable briefs, which are created specifically to trap urine and control odor. One convenient option is briefs specifically designed with an ultra-smooth material that fits under any clothing, giving you the look, fit and feel of real underwear.



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SOURCES (US Dept. of Health and Human Services)