Oncourologist Gadziyan: what foods should be removed with an overactive bladder

Surgeon-urologist, andrologist, oncourologist Mark Gadziyan told what changes you need to make to your diet with an overactive bladder (OAB).

How to understand that a person has an overactive bladder?

OAB is a complex of symptoms, including frequent urination (more than 8 times during the day), sharp, uncontrollable urge to urinate, urinary incontinence, nighttime urination more than two times.

According to Gadziyan, in Russia and in the world, 20 percent of the population may have such a condition. He gave nutritional advice that “will definitely work.”

What to remove?

  • Tea, coffee, energy drinks . Caffeine is an irritant to the bladder mucosa and has a diuretic effect.
  • Sodas, especially those with sugar.
  • Dairy products are not recommended for an OAB diet, especially in the evenings.
  • Alcohol irritates the mucous membranes, disturbs the water balance, has a diuretic effect.
  • Some plant foods, especially acidic ones: cranberries, ginger, apples, persimmons, mint, chamomile.
  • Sweeteners may have diuretic properties .
  • Citrus fruits irritate the bladder.

The main signs of OAB:

  • frequent urination;
  • urgent urge to empty the bladder;
  • small urine output;
  • reduced bladder volume.
What are urgent urges? These are those that a person is unable to control, he has a need to visit the toilet right now, without prior urges. Desire grows instantaneously, not gradually. There may also be conditions where the urge and uncontrolled urination provoke sounds, such as murmuring.

Possible causes of OAB:

  • disorders and pathology of the brain (sclerosis, encephalitis, malignant tumors, Alzheimer's disease);
  • diabetes mellitus;
  • alcohol abuse;
  • traumatic brain injury, stroke;
  • congenital pathologies.

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Important! The information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. Seek medical attention at the first sign of illness.

Mark Gadziyan Mark Gadziyan Medicine Surgeon-urologist, andrologist, oncourologist