Always in the loo or looking for one? Feeling the need to urinate all the time can be a nuisance. Not just that, it can also be a symptom of diabetes. Wondering how to stop frequent urination in diabetes? This article is a detailed explanation of how and why frequent urination or polyuria occurs and how to manage it.
Polyuria is a medical condition characterised by passing large volumes of urine more frequently. In polyuria, your body makes more than 3 litres of urine per day, as compared to the normal urine output in adults, which is about 1 to 2 litres every day. Although polyuria may occur due to environmental and other health issues, it is more common in diabetes, both Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Polyuria is one of the three main symptoms of diabetes, besides polydipsia (excessive thirst) and polyphagia (excessive hunger). Together, these factors are known as the 3 P’s of diabetes.
When you have diabetes, your body either cannot produce the hormone insulin (Type 1 Diabetes) or does not use insulin properly or both (Type 2 Diabetes), resulting in excess glucose (sugar) in your blood. In healthy adults, when the kidneys filter blood to make urine, all of the glucose is reabsorbed by the kidneys themselves and returned to the bloodstream. In diabetes, the blood sugar level is abnormally high and not all of the sugar will be reabsorbed. Some of the excess sugar from the blood is present in the urine, where it draws more water. This results in your body producing an abnormally large volume of urine at regular intervals throughout the day and night, and as a result, frequent urination. This condition is called polyuria. This diabetes urine color can be cloudy and may also smell sweet or fruity due to the high amount of sugar in the urine.
As polyuria is a symptom of diabetes, it can be managed by making sure that your diabetes is managed and your blood sugar levels are controlled. To manage diabetes, you can take the following steps:
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