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Quitting Smoking Lowers Bladder Cancer Risk

Quitting Smoking Helps Shield Women From Bladder Cancer

 

If you’re an older woman who smokes, quitting may bring a health benefit you haven’t considered: A new study suggests it lowers your risk of bladder cancer.

The largest decline in risk was in the first 10 years after quitting, with a modest but steady decline in following years.

Bladder cancer is fairly rare — about 4.6% of new cancer cases in 2019 — but is the most common type of urinary system cancer. It often recurs and it has a significant death rate, according to study author Dr. Yueyao Li, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Public Health at Indiana University in Bloomington.

While bladder cancer is more common in men, women often have worse outcomes even when diagnosed at similar stages.

Smoking is a known risk factor, but findings about the link between how long it’s been since a person quit and reduction in bladder cancer risk have been inconsistent.

In this study, Li’s team examined data from about 144,000 participants in the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term study of postmenopausal women in the U.S.

Of those, 52.7% never smoked; 40.2% were former smokers and 7.1% were current smokers.

As of Feb. 28, 2017, there had been 870 cases of bladder cancer among the women. Compared to those who never smoked, former smokers had twice the risk of bladder cancer and current smokers had more than triple the risk.

Researchers found a 25% reduction in risk among former smokers in the 10 years after they quit, and it continued to fall more slowly after that. But even 30 years after quitting, ex-smokers still had a higher risk of bladder cancer than women who never smoked.

Compared with current smokers, former smokers had a 39% decrease in bladder cancer risk, which continued to fall over time.

The study was recently published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.

“Our study emphasizes the importance of primary prevention (by not beginning to smoke) and secondary prevention (through smoking cessation) in the prevention of bladder cancer among postmenopausal women,” Li said in a journal news release.

“Current smokers should be advised to quit smoking in order to reduce the risk of bladder cancer,” she added.

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Health and Disease, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Leaky Bladder?

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Leaky Bladder?

 

If you have a leaky bladder, chances are you think it is a normal part of aging and you should just live with it.

I don’t blame you. After all, that’s what many doctors tell their patients to do.

They’re wrong.

The truth is, your age has nothing to do with a leaky bladder. What’s more, if you ignore your leaky bladder, the problem can get worse.

But there is a way to get relief starting in as little as 7 days. All you have to do is strengthen your bladder muscles and pelvic floor muscles.

Don’t worry! I’m not going to ask you to do some complicated exercises.

Researchers and scientists have zeroed-in on a few ingredients that are proving to be very effective in strengthening bladder muscles.

Yes, pumpkin seeds and soy products are the key to this.

The right supplements and dosages for you, not your neighbor or friend.

Also , there is a right way and a wrong way to empty your bladder, and in this quick society people are not doing it.

Oh and you know about kegels, and this all helps.

Just imagine! In about a week’s time you can start to:

Avoid leakage when you laugh, cough or sneeze

Reduce urgency and frequency

Empty your bladder completely and comfortably each time you go

Have an uninterrupted night’s sleep

Enjoy your active, independent lifestyle.

 

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Keeping Your Body Hydrated, is not a Joke!

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Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue, and even headaches. Type 1 Diabetics know first hand the importance of hydration. We need water as much as the air we breathe in!

Keeping your body hydrated is not a joke.

Did you know that dehydration actually sets in just before you start feeling thirsty? Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to handle it. Always have a bottle or a glass of water handy! If you’re not a morning person, having two glasses of water right after you wake up will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach.

Many of us believe that merely drinking fluids like sweetened juices, soda or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. This is not true. It’s actually the opposite! To deal with the excess sugar and salt you are taking in your body wastes immense amounts of precious water just to clean it out from your system. And if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have.

Drinking water regularly speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. You will eat less once you start drinking more! It’s the safest and healthiest way to lose weight. Drink up!

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