5 Myths About Aging and Your Health

You'll Lose Control of Bodily Functions

Studies show that many older adults who experience incontinence (loss of bladder or bowel control) attribute it to aging. And since so many people believe it's just a natural consequence of the body's ever-advancing age, many people don't seek treatment for it [source: Locher].

Losing control of your bodily functions is simply not a normal consequence of aging. In fact, it's usually a symptom of some other disease, illness or health issue, meaning that it doesn't just naturally happen on its own. And, according to the National Association For Continence, in about 80 percent of cases urinary incontinence can be cured or improved, so don't stock up on adult diapers just yet [source: National Association For Continence].

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