Dr David Josephson: Caffeine and Incontinence In Men
It’s official: Americans are addicted to caffeine! But while that morning cup of coffee or afternoon energy drink may feel great, could it actually be harmful to your health? The Doctors examined some of the adverse effects of caffeine on their show, including caffeine overdose. Dr David Josephson, a Beverly Hills urologist, later weighed in on this important topic.
A recent study of 4,000 men found that even moderate doses of caffeine daily increased the chance of incontinence to 72%. Dr. Josephson confirmed that there is a definite correlation between caffeine and incontinence. One cup of coffee contains about 125 milligrams of caffeine. Therefore, if you’re ingesting 250-300 milligrams daily – and many Americans are – you are twice as likely to have incontinence.
Dr David Josephson: How Caffeine Affects The Bladder
Dr. Josephson demonstrated how caffeine affects the bladder. Caffeine increases the pressure on the valves of the bladder, which can lead to leakage. The caffeine overwhelms the bladder and makes it tense similar to the way in which alcohol does. Incontinence has been commonly thought of as a female problem, however, it’s an issue that equally affects men.
Dr David Josephson: Symptoms Of Incontinence
Symptoms of incontinence include using the bathroom frequently during the day and getting up many times during the night. If you’re feeling that you always need to be near a bathroom to avoid leaks, then you should be taking steps to reduce your amount of caffeine. Remember that it’s not just coffee that contains caffeine, but also tea, chocolate and other foods, so pay attention to what you’re putting into your body.
See more of Dr. Josephson’s advice in the video below.