Posting this again because no replies and really would like some thoughts on it .

retired gal
By retired gal Latest Reply 2013-07-16 07:02:20 -0500
Started 2013-07-07 10:24:46 -0500

I am newly diagnosed and realize my frequent urination for years was a symptom and I thought it was OB ? I seem to go constantly now ? What makes a diabetic have to urinate so often around the clock ? Thanks !

Water and liquids seem to go through me so often and fast ?

15 replies

Type1Lou 2013-07-16 07:02:20 -0500 Report

Excessive urination is one symptom of uncontrolled diabetes (high blood sugars.) To quote Gary Scheiner from "Think Like a Pancreas", "Very high blood sugar levels cause excessive urination as the kidneys eliminate some of the sugar through the urine…Losing all those fluids will make you very thirsty. " Ketones are released into your blood when your body starts to break down stored fat as a source of energy because it cannot metabolize the food you eat. The presence of ketones in your urine indicates a lack of insulin in your body. Continued high ketone levels will lead to DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis), a life-threatening condition. As a newbie, learn as much as you can about our condition so you can begin to manage it. It will undoubtedly involve some changes in your eating and exercise habits. I've found that reducing my carbohydrate intake enables me to better control my blood sugars. I try to eat no more than 120 grams of carb per day…not easy but it works for me. I still need to exercise more…Wishing you well!

Moussesmom 2013-07-09 15:01:06 -0500 Report

I would have my blood pressure checked- it can be pushing fluids through too fast.. You think you're losing wt., but it's just water.

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-09 00:43:30 -0500 Report

Diabetics usually only have to urinate more often when their blood sugar levels are too high. You're body starts to release keytones in your body, which is(in a way) toxic. You're body keeps tryin to flush them out, causing the constant need to urinate. Once your BG is user control this effect won't happen nearly as often. 2013-07-08 19:38:01 -0500 Report

Really good question. Don't give up looking for an answer. Maybe its the bodies attempt to get rid of the excess sugar. Good luck. Ken

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-08 21:14:29 -0500 Report

Thanks to RatT 's link he shared last night, it explains that is the bodies way of flushing out sugars in excess and then it makes one thirsty so water is needed and then you urinate more and rid the body of more surplus sugars. Vicious circle sort of . I discussed today with my certified Diabetes dietician and she told me in my case , in my case it probably was something else, because normally , that is a condition of people with a BS of maybe 250 or higher . Form your own opinion . That is my story and I am sticking to it ! LOL…

RAYT721 2013-07-07 15:36:18 -0500 Report responds to the question: Diabetes occurs when the body has too much sugar and can't control it; the body gets rid of the extra sugar by making more urine to flush it out. Watch urologist Harry Fisch, MD, explain how and why frequent urination is a symptom of diabetes. The video presentation is on the sharecare site:

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-07 12:58:50 -0500 Report

The best person to answer medical questions is your doctor. I had that problem before being diagnosed and because it continued the doctor treated the problem and I no longer have the problem.

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-07 13:29:13 -0500 Report

Thanks for responding. I have gone to urologist to no avail .

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-07 13:37:16 -0500 Report

I went to one as a referral from my doctor and he was the one who gave me the medication. My problem really got better as I got my diabetes under control. I have the problem depending on how late in the day I drink coffee. I won't drink any after 12 noon.

retired gal
retired gal 2013-07-07 13:54:29 -0500 Report

Controlling liquid intake is important, but then I have a dry mouth . I can't win i can't win it seems ? LOL I have RX but it makes so so thirsty and then with diabetes I feel like am lost in the Gobi Dessert or something . Water, water , where is water ??? LOL

Rebelove 2013-07-10 18:03:05 -0500 Report

Excessive thirst is yet another problem with diabetes. I often place a sugar-free, fruit flavored hard candy in my mouth, and let it dissolve on its own. Be careful with those, though…too much/many can cause diarrhea. Also, the sweeteners they use MAY not be good for every diabetic. Products that contain Montitol as their sweetener have caused my blood sugar levels to go up every time. It takes experimenting to find out what artificial sweeteners, if any, cause changes in your BSLs. Hope this helps a little! :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-07 14:38:39 -0500 Report

The medicine I had made me thirsty also. I don't know how I got through it but I am so glad I am not running to the bathroom all the time. It was getting to be a real pain in the butt…lol. I couldn't seem to be able to go anywhere without first finding out where the bathroom is when I first enter the building.

JCW n TN 2013-07-08 12:01:08 -0500 Report

In my case, I finally was led to an endocrinologist, a diabetic specialist. Mine examines feet, annual glaucoma, 2-3 full blood panels a year, & keeps check on my kidneys along w/ cholesterol levels. He is the best thing that has ever happened for me. I went to another one, previously. Finally, a perfect match for all my issues!!

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