While an enlarged prostate can cause some urination problems, Peeker says we need to look beyond the pelvic region and to the brain when it comes to the main cause of male incontinence.
Your central nervous system is responsible for governing your ‘micturition reflexes’, or the ability to hold on when you need to go to the toilet. These critical circuits in the brain can be disrupted when you experience a trauma such as a brain injury or a stroke, resulting in the involuntary drips and dribbles some men experience. Known as urgency incontinence, it’s the most common form of male incontinence.
But the disruption doesn’t even have to be as severe as a stroke. ‘It could be a minor disruption of blood and oxygen to the brain based on general atherosclerosis,’ says Peeker.
Where atherosclerosis is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries caused by smoking, a poor diet and inactive lifestyle. And while a bad diet hasn’t been clinically proven to cause incontinence, a healthy diet and active lifestyle can only be beneficial. ‘Everything gets better when it comes to the oxygenation of tissues in the body,’ adds Peeker.
As for Peeker’s advice; ‘If I had a symptom of any kind, I would seek help for it.’ So if you do have any questions regarding the prostate and urinary incontinence, have a chat with your doctor.