Diabetes Incontinence: What You Should Know
Oftentimes, having one condition can increase your risk for other issues. This is true for diabetes and incontinence, or the accidental release of urine or fecal matter. Incontinence can also be a symptom of an overactive bladder (OAB), which is the sudden urge to urinate.
One Norwegian study found that incontinence affected 39 percent of women with diabetes and 26 percent of women without diabetes. Another review suggested that type 2 diabetes may affect incontinence, but more research is needed. In general, lots of people deal with various types of incontinence and levels of severity. The common types include:
stress, leakage is due to pressure on the bladder
urge, uncontrolled leakage due to a need to void
overflow, leakage due to full bladder
functional, nerve, or muscle damage causes leakage
transient incontinence, a temporary side effect from a condition or medication
Read on to learn how diabetes contributes to incontinence and what you can to do manage the condition.
The exact link between diabetes and incontinence is unknown. The four possible ways that diabetes can contribute to incontinence are:
obesity puts pressure on your bladder
nerve damage affects the nerves that control the bowel and the bladder
a compromised immune system increases the risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs), which can cause incontinence
diabetes medication may cause diarrhea
Also, high blood sugar levels seen with diabetes can cause you to become thirstier and urinate more. The excess sugar in your blood triggers thirst, which then leads to more frequent urination.
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