Diet Coke making you pee your pants…crazy thought hey? Well, if you have any issues with leakage or incontinence, then you need to read this! It’s a topic that people don’t particularly talk about in conversation so this topic doesn’t always get the press that it should. There are so many people out there that suffer from this but think that it’s normal or have been told by someone else that it’s normal because you had a baby, you’re getting older, etc etc, etc. Well, let me tell you, it’s not “normal” and you don’t need to suffer from it or be embarrassed by it because you can stop it with the appropriate pelvic floor physical therapy. Anyway, I digress. Let’s talk about that Diet Coke!
So why is Diet Coke so bad for you? It contains several bladder irritants that affect the bladder and make you more prone to leaking urine. For example, if you are a coffee drinker you have probably noticed that after drinking a large coffee, you pee ALOT afterwards. Caffeine is a bladder irritant. However, Diet Coke has several bladder irritants such as caffeine, carbonation, artificial sweetener and high acidity. Each bladder irritant works in a different way if you are interested in the scientific model but ultimately all have an effect on the bladder.
What can you do to minimize incontinence if you like to drink Diet Coke? For starters, it is best to decrease the amount of Diet Coke that you drink (and soda isn’t great for you for several other health reasons other than incontinence). But if you have to have your Diet Coke, try to drink water along with Diet Coke as it helps offset the concentration of these ingredients. It’s also important that you get adequate water intake throughout the day which is approximately 6-8, 8oz glasses of water. And most importantly, have it checked out by a physical therapist. Make sure your physical therapist has taken additional training in this area so they can appropriately work with you. Please comment or email me with any questions that you might have about incontinence and I would be more than happy to answer them!