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Underpads are a fantastic way to manage incontinence problems. Underpads are great to absorb leakages, reduce odors, prevent physical problems, and maintain dryness. Choosing the best underpad for yourself or a loved one among all the available options can be overwhelming, but having the proper knowledge will help you determine the right product. There are a variety of factors to consider before making your purchase:  location, size, absorbency, and general use.


Underpads come in a variety of sizes to match the location where it will be placed such as the bed, chair, couch, or even car seat.  The pad will need cover the surface area of the object along with the person who will be using it. If the user is tall or heavy, you will need a larger underpad than for a smaller user.  For example, the sizes of Becks underpads range from 24” x 36” to 36” x 52” to match your perfect need. One very popular choice is our Invacare Reusable Chair Pads which is perfect for protecting your wheelchair seat.


In addition to the option of size, you can choose reusable or disposable underpads. Many people often find if they have an urge incontinence problem, also known as an overactive bladder, they are able to save lots of money with reusable pads. The reusable pads, made up of cotton and polyester, tend to consistently absorb large amounts of liquid after routine wash cycles. These reusable underpads have a vinyl backing which makes them waterproof.  Unlike reusable pads, disposable pads are convenient for placing in temporary places or if you are constantly changing locations and need to dispose of them afterwards. People suffering from temporary incontinence also find disposable pads work well because they lose control suddenly, but control returns just as quickly.


When choosing your pad you will also need to consider absorbency. If there is a large liquid amount, you will need a high soaker underpad.  Tena underpads are composed of 100% virgin fluff pulp which provides a great level of absorption and retention.  Manufacturers offer various levels of absorbency by changing the amount of paper fluff or absorbent polymer to absorb the liquid.   There are many different underpad brands including Tranquility, Becks, Attends, Tena, Sofnit, Reliamed, Wings, Prevail, Staydry, and more to meet your needs.

For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products.  Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your incontinence and other health supplies.

Adult briefs and protective underwear are used by many of the 25 million Americans suffering from incontinence.1  Our landfills receive 18 billion disposable diapers every year of which disposable diapers account for 1.5% of total municipal solid waste generation in landfills. 1,2    According to the U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL it takes 450 years for a disposable diaper to decompose.3   Reducing the use of disposable incontinence undergarments is one step in waste prevention that can help  reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Excessive greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere upset the natural atmospheric balance resulting in climate change.4

How does using reusable incontinence underwear help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

  • Reducing the consumption of disposable diapers means fewer diapers are manufactured.5
  • Waste management includes the use of incinerators in the combustion of waste items such as adult diapers.4
  • Methane emissions from landfills occur when materials decompose.4
  • Keeping trees in the forest instead of wood pulp for absorbent diaper cores allows for them to filter carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 1,4


Wearever Incontinence briefs for men and incontinence panties for women offer individuals suffering from bladder control an Eco-Friendly, stylish, affordable alternative to the industry standard adult diapers and incontinence pads.

Key features of Wearever undergarments include:

  • Variety of styles that look and feel like real underwear without the noise of adult diapers
  • Unique-Dri™ highly absorbent sewn in pad for all-day comfort
  • No pad changes keep you living an active lifestyle
  • Washable up to 250 times, projected annual savings up to $473
  • Agion™ antimicrobial fibers help combat odor-causing bacteria


Wearever Lovely Lace Trim Incontinence Panties are an attractive affordable alternative to disposable incontinence products.  These lace panties are designed for light to moderate incontinence.  A super absorbent Unique-Dri™ pad is sewn into the underwear eliminating the need to purchase a disposable pad or insert.  Specially designed antimicrobial fibers fight bacteria causing odor keeping you feeling fresh all day.







Wearever Incontinence Boxer Briefs  for men are more comfortable and discreet than adult diapers.  You can feel the difference.  These boxer briefs are made of a soft cotton/poly jersey Agion™ fabric with a sewn-in super absorbent pad for light to moderate incontinence.  Convenient fly-front jockey style just like traditional men’s briefs.







Incontinence is not a disease.  Don’t just live with your incontinence, consult your physician if you are experiencing bladder control problems.  Your physician will evaluate your condition, suggest medical interventions and make recommendations for managing the symptoms.  If your physician recommends incontinence products to help manage your symptoms there are many options to meet your needs.  Sine 1997 AllegroMedical.com has been providing incontinence supplies and home health and wellness products to consumers and caregivers.


1.  www.nafc.org/media/media-kit/facts-statistics

2.  http://www.epa.gov/wastes/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/2010_MSW_Tables_and_Figures_508.pdf (Table 15)

3.  www.greenamerica.org/livinggreen/diapers.cfm

4.  www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/ghg/climfold.pdf

5.  www.epa.gov/wastes/education/quest/pdfs/sections/unit2.pdf






diabetic testing

Over 18 million people in the US have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Affecting over 6% of Americans, diabetes is one of the most prevalent medical conditions the US. Many people don’t even realize that they have diabetes. The initial symptoms are fairly mild, so roughly 30% of the people with diabetes are not even aware of it.(1)

With so many unaware that they have diabetes, what are the early warning signs? Frequent urination, dizziness or fatigue may be early signs of diabetes. Anyone with these symptoms may want see a doctor for additional testing. The sooner that diabetes is diagnosed, the better the outcome, treatment, and management of the condition. If you are fortunate to have caught diabetes early, you can make some lifestyle changes that can help to treat it. Although there is no cure, diabetes can be managed effectively.

One of the best things that you can do to prevent Type 2 diabetes is to start exercising on a regular basis. Exercise will build and strengthen muscles, including the heart.(2) It will lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune and respiratory systems, it will ease stress and fatigue, and will just make you feel much better in general. Remember that the mind and the body are directly connected, so taking care of both is essential. Exercise will also help people with diabetes to improve the way that their body uses blood glucose and insulin.

A poor diet can often contribute to the root cause of diabetes. Reducing the amount of junk food that you eat and making sure to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats on a regular basis will help greatly. Staying hydrated is another essential step that is overlooked far too often. You may also want to consider taking various vitamins and supplements.(3) Before going on a supplement regimen, make sure that you speak to your doctor so that you can be sure that it will be beneficial.

It is important that people with diabetes are vigilant with their dental care procedures. The high levels of sugar in the mouth can make people with diabetes much more susceptible to periodontal disease, as well as other oral issues.(4) Regular brushing and flossing is crucial, as is bi-yearly visits to the dentist for checkups and maintenance. Diabetes is also the leading cause of blindness, so be sure to visit an ophthalmologist at least once a year.(5)
Like many medical conditions, stress may make it worse.(6) Reducing stress will go a long way in helping you to cope mentally and physically. Take time out of your day to just relax or do an activity that you enjoy. Massage therapy is one great way to reduce stress, while also helping to improve overall health.

For more than 15 years, AllegroMedical.com has been the leading online distributor of home health and wellness products. Rely on Allegro Medical for all of your diabetic supplies and other health needs.

(1) – http://www.pamf.org/diabetes/whatis/
(2) – http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/specialtopic/physical-activity/exercise’s-effects-on-the-heart.html

(3) – http://www.joslin.org/info/Vitamin-Supplements-for-People-with-Diabetes.html

(4) – http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-diabetes1.htm

(5) – http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-11-28/health/bs-hs-expert-grodin-20121128_1_diabetic-retinopathy-eye-pressure-glaucoma

(6) – http://www.heartmath.com/news/stress-can-exacerbate-effects-of-diabetes.html