There are a variety of conditions that can cause infrequent or chronic urinary incontinence in men and women. This does, however, increase with age. Individuals within the 65 to 69 year bracket may experience an increased incontinence of 14%, while individuals that are 85 and older tend to experience a 45% increase.
In addition to being diagnosed with an over-active bladder syndrome, people with diabetes tend to have urinary incontinence issues. Every year, roughly 1.4 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes. For the 65 and older age group, there are 11.8 million individuals living with this condition.
Even though 9.3% of adults with diabetes aren’t experiencing additional health issues, many adults live with several medical conditions. In addition to diabetes, these include the following types of health issues and conditions:
- Chronic respiratory disease
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Recent data shows that when adults are 55 or above, 90% of these individuals are at a higher risk for high blood pressure, or hypertension. Women are more prone to develop this condition than men, however. The risk for hypertension increases 50% for women over 60, and 77% for women over 75. The percentage of men over 75 that experience hypertension is approximately 64%.
Chronic bronchitis or emphysema are also prevalent within the 65 and older age group. Recent figures show that 10% of men and 13% of women currently live with asthma. In terms of chronic bronchitis or emphysema sufferers, 10% of men and 11% of women are living with these issues. Due to the frequent coughing associated with these conditions, urinary incontinence can occur.
In order to cope with an overactive bladder and/or the frequent urination and incontinence associated with diabetes and other health issues, Nu Fit briefs and Nu Fit diapers are an option for during the day as well as the night. In addition to Nu Fit briefs, disposable mattress pads, disposable mattress covers, and other types of disposable bed protectors can be used to prevent any urine overflow from seeping into a mattress. There are other products that can be used to protect sofas, chairs, and mobility device surfaces.