If you are experiencing frequent urination, you’re probably wondering what it means. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that question unless you see a doctor.
That’s because there are a great many causes of frequent urination. All kinds of issues, from kidney problems to urinary tract infections, can make you go to the bathroom more often. One of the more common and serious causes, however, is diabetes.
How Diabetes Causes Frequent Urination
When a person is diabetic, the body cannot use the sugar the person takes in in the right way. The kidneys do their part to filter out the excess sugar, but what they can’t get rid of exits the body via urination.
Since the body wants to get rid of the excess sugar as quickly as possible, it forces the body to urinate more frequently. Making matters worse, all that peeing and lost sugar make the person thirsty, causing the person to drink more, and thus causing the person to pee more and get more thirsty than the average person. The cycle repeats dangerously until the person seeks help and gets the problem under control.
If you find that you are urinating a lot and you can’t figure out why it’s time to see a doctor. Diabetes could be to blame. If it is diabetes, it’s best that you catch the problem right away and start treating it. The sooner you begin treating the condition, the less likely it is that you will suffer serious effects.
Other Symptoms to be On the Lookout For
In addition to frequent urination, you may notice other signs in your body if you are suffering from undiagnosed diabetes. Some of these signs include:
Increased hunger often coupled with weight loss
- Frequent headaches
- Dry mouth
- Changes in or problems with vision
- Extreme fatigue
- Injuries that don’t heal easily or at all
If you notice any of these symptoms, see a doctor. A simple test can tell if you are diabetic or not.
Keep in mind, though, that not everyone who has diabetes will have symptoms. For that reason, regular doctor visits in which you are checked for a wide range of health problems are advisable. This is especially true if you have factors that make you more likely to suffer from diabetes.
Risk Factors for Diabetes You Should Know About
Absolutely anyone can end up with diabetes. With that said, though, it is true that some people are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than others.
For example, if you are overweight or obese, your chances of getting diabetes are higher than they are for the average person. In fact, the more extra weight you are carrying, the greater your chances of developing the disease. For this reason, people who are overweight are encouraged to lose weight healthily in order to lower their risk of diabetes and other health conditions.
People are also a lot more likely to get diabetes if they have a family history of it. If one of your parents or a sibling has been diagnosed with diabetes, the chances that you will be as well go up. Make sure you talk to close family members to know what your risk is. If you do have an elevated risk due to a family history of the disease, be sure to tell your doctor so that he or she can monitor you accordingly.
You also have a greater chance of diabetes if you don’t exercise regularly. People who are not physically active at least three times per week are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes. For this reason, regular exercise, preferably at least five times a week, is highly recommended.
It also must be mentioned that people over the age of 45 and people of certain races are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes. Races that have higher rates of diabetes include:
- African Americans
- Native Alaskans
- American Indians
- Asian Americans
Additionally, if you have ever suffered from gestational diabetes, i.e. diabetes while pregnant or pre-diabetes, you are at a higher risk of developing diabetes in the future.
While you may be disheartened if you have one of these risk factors for diabetes, the important thing is that you are aware of that fact. By knowing, you can be more vigilant about regular testing and doctor’s visits, as well as lifestyle choices, thereby reducing your chances of getting diabetes and enabling you to better care for yourself if you do.
No one wants to get diabetes, but if you do ultimately get diagnosed with the disease, remember that you can control and manage this disease by giving yourself the care you need and deserve.