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A new option for people living with overactive bladder
If you often experience a strong, sudden
urge to urinate, or the need to pee more
than eight times in a 24 hour period, you
may be living with an overactive bladder
(OAB) – and you are not alone. It is
estimated that 2.9 million Canadian men
and women may suffer from this ailment.
OAB is a symptomatic condition marked
by the sudden, compelling need to pee
that is difficult to control. It can lead to
the involuntary loss of urine known as
The good news is that OAB can be
treated in a variety of ways ranging from
behavioural techniques, such as bladder
training and liquid management, to
medication. With the introduction of
Myrbetriq, the first in a new class of
medications for the treatment of OAB
in over 30 years, people living with the
condition now have more choice.
“Everyone experiences OAB differently
and, as a result, a variety of treatment
options means we can find the answer
best suited to the individual patient,”
says Dr. Luc Valiquette, a urologic
surgery specialist at the University of
Montreal. “Treatments like Myrbetriq
are an important therapeutic option if
patients are struggling with some of the
more traditional side effects such as dry
Myrbetriq (mirabegron) is indicated for
the treatment of overactive bladder
(OAB) with symptoms of urgency,
urgency incontinence and urinary
frequency. It is a medicinal product
which reduces the activity of an
overactive bladder and treats the related
symptoms. It is available by prescription
in pharmacies across Canada.
People can safely add a few nuts to their diet — or
replace other foods with the high-unsaturated fat,
high-fibre snacks —without gaining weight, a new
review of past studies suggests.
Researchers combined data from 31 trials conducted
across the globe and found that on average, there
was very little difference in changes in weight or waist
measurements between people who were put on a
normal or nut-supplemented diet.
“Most of the nut-enriched studies don’t show that
patients gain a significant amount of weight, in
contrast to what one might think,” said Dr. David
Bleich, head of Endocrinology, Diabetes and
Metabolism at the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.
Previous research has tied nut-containing diets to a
lower risk of death, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Are flip flops a flop for feet?
Nothing says summer like a pair of fashionable, lightweight flip flops,
but experts say we should think carefully when we reach for our
summer footwear.
“We strongly recommend balancing style and ease with comfort
and support,” says Ryan Robinson, a Canadian Certified
Pedorthist and president of
the Pedorthic Association of
Canada. “If you are at the
pool or sitting in the back
yard, flip flops may be an
appropriate choice. But if
you are walking any distance, a
pair of flimsy, ill-fitting footwear
can cause a lot of harm.”
Basic flip flops, he says, lack support and often fit badly, which can
lead to strains and pains in the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back.
Unlike walking shoes, which are designed to meet the requirements of
the foot and lower limbs, most flip flops do not provide the support,
motion control and cushioning required by the foot during walking.
For the committed, however, not all flip flops are created equal. Unlike
the bargain-basement brand, some footwear companies design them
with the health of your feet in mind. To minimize injury, flip flop lovers
should look for ones with supportive footbeds, adjustable straps,
thicker soles and deep heel cups to provide the foot with much needed
support and protection.
Although these more supportive styles should never be substituted
for walking shoes when a long walk or rough terrain is involved, they
are a suitable choice for short walks and may reduce the risk of injury
compared to regular varieties.
More information on this topic can be found at
Adding nuts without
gaining weight