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New Android App Helps Urology Patients Find Bladder Friendly Foods

The ICN Food List Application for Android Devices

(Santa Rosa, CA) If you’re scared to drink a cup of coffee out of fear that you’ll spend the day in the restroom, you’re not alone. Mild urinary frequency and urgency are common but for patients with urinary disorders, these same foods can provoke days of pain and discomfort. A new android application, the ICN Food List, seeks to change that by giving patients a reference guide that they can easily use while shopping and eating out at restaurants.

“Recent diet studies have confirmed that 90% of interstitial cystitis and roughly 50% of chronic prostatitis patients report sensitivity to a variety of foods, often to the point that they begin to fear eating” offered Jill Osborne MA, President of the Interstitial Cystitis Network. She continued “Typically, the worst offenders are foods high in acid and/or caffeine, such as: coffees, green teas, black teas, sodas, artificial sweeteners, citrus and cranberry products.”

The application contains a food database developed from published research studies and twenty years of anecdotal data collected through the Interstitial Cystitis Network support group. The more than 250 foods in the App are divided into three general categories: bladder friendly foods, foods worth trying cautiously and foods to avoid. The Android application is a sister to the iPhone ICN Food List App released in 2012.

“Thousands of patients use our iPhone to make better food choices. It’s also a powerful educational tool that can be used by clinicians, nursing staff and registered dietitians,” Ms. Osborne continued, “It’s designed to help anyone struggling with urinary tract food sensitivity including bladder pain syndrome, overactive bladder, hypersensitive bladder syndrome, prostatitis, chemotherapy induced cystitis, radiation cystitis, ketamine cystitis, trigonitis and urethritis.”

The app is currently available in the Google AppStore for $1.99. 

By |2017-01-31T09:00:26+00:00December 10th, 2015|ICN Announcements, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, News, Self Care|Comments Off on New Android App Helps Urology Patients Find Bladder Friendly Foods

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.