Diabetes and Problems with Your Bladder

Kozzi-a_woman_with_stomach_pain-294x441We expect things in our bodies to start falling apart and not work correctly as we age. However, when diagnosed with diabetes it can bring on complications at an earlier stage in our lives. This includes our bladders not working correctly. Diabetes can not only increase the risk of medical complications but it also increases the severity in which the problems arise. The three most common concerns for diabetics and their bladders are Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Overactive Bladder and Neurogenic Bladder which is connected to nerve damage. It is possible to reduce the risk of these complications and or the severity of them by managing your diabetes and keeping your blood sugar under control.

The symptoms of an overactive bladder include going to the bathroom more often, leakage and even getting up several times during the night to go to the bathroom. This bladder problem is more of an inconvenience than it is painful. It is possible that you may even feel as though you need to urinate but there is nothing there. It is not gender specific and can make you feel older than you really are.

Neurogenic bladder conditions however are more severe and again, this medical condition does not care if you are male or female. Because it is associated with nerve damage, it can be the beginning of more serious concerns such as kidney damage and UTI. It can mean that you may leak urine, may not be able to empty out the bladder when you go or you possibly may not even feel the need to go even when your bladder is full. The treatment for this is going to depend upon the cause which could include medication, inserting a catheter or learning how to massage your lower abdomen so that the bladder will completely empty.

Urinary tract infections may be something you associate more with females but in diabetics it is common with men as well. The symptoms could include a burning sensation when you urinate, feeling the need to go more often, urine that is reddish in color or cloudy and even fatigue. If the condition can also travel to your kidneys and cause nausea, fever and even pain in your lower back. The treatment for this is generally an antibiotic that is to be taken for seven days. If it has traveled to the kidneys the treatment may be more intense.

Of course managing your diabetes can go a long way in the prevention of bladder problems. It is also important to lose weight if you need to, quit smoking if you do and get control over your cholesterol and blood pressure. It is also more common in those over 40 years of age as well. Naturally we cannot do anything about getting older but by taking better care of ourselves and monitoring the blood sugar levels we can help to keep things at arms length. Of course getting the right amount of exercise and eating properly also aids in the prevention as well.

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