We asked an expert to give us the facts on urinary leaks in men
Leaks are something that can happen to anyone.
Get proactive and learn about your options!
Are certain men more prone to leaking than others? What should you do if you’re experiencing urinary leaks? We asked incontinence expert Dr. Suzuki for advice on these and other questions.
One in six men in their 50s* have experienced minor urinary leaks Note: Those reporting at least one leak a month (Unicharm survey)
The percentage of men experiencing urinary leaks has been on the rise, and the main factor is thought to be the increase in Japan’s elderly population—since people are at greater risk for urinary incontinence as they get older. This is particularly true after age 50, when muscles and central nerves begin to weaken.
Prostate cancer and enlarged prostate are conditions that are unique to men and also increase the risk of urinary leaks—as does the surgery used to treat them. Many men seek medical treatment for prostate issues, and this is thought to contribute to the rise in urinary leakage as well.
Be careful if you are metabolic syndrome!
Did you know that metabolic syndrome (a condition that involves excessive body fat, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and lipid abnormalities) puts you at higher risk for urinary incontinence?
Metabolic syndrome can lead to a hardening of the arteries, which inhibits blood flow not only to the brain and spinal cord, but also to the bladder and urinary tract. This in turn leads to urinary problems.
We can’t avoid getting older, but metabolic syndrome is a lifestyle disease that can be prevented and improved. Make the lifestyle changes you need to stay healthy! Make sure to get regular health checkups, eat and drink in moderation, get plenty of exercise, and watch your blood sugar and blood pressure.
Seek out products designed especially for men
The biggest concerns men have about urinary leaks is staining their underwear or pants and the smell. It’s not uncommon for them to try making due with urinary incontinence pads made for women or menstrual products.
But men and women are built differently, and men are likely to experience product failures if they use items made for women. Sanitary napkins, on the other hand, are designed to absorb blood—so they don’t absorb urine properly.
By using incontinence care products designed especially for them, men can alleviate their concerns and prevent losses to their quality of life.
Age is a major factor in developing urinary problems, which can happen to anyone. If you’re struggling with leaks, talk to a medical professional. They’ll be able to help you find ways to improve your situation depending on your particular condition and the cause of your issues. In the meantime, take steps to maintain your quality of life by using incontinence care products.