I Have Diabetes... Should I Worry About Incontinence?

January 12, 2018

I Have Diabetes... Should I Worry About Incontinence?

Diabetes is a disease that happens when your blood glucose or blood sugar levels become too high. You eat food because you are hungry and your body needs energy. Glucose, which comes from the food we eat then goes into our cells and is converted into energy.

Insulin is a hormone found in your body which is produced by the pancreas. In some cases our bodies don't make enough insulin or our bodies don't know how to handle the insulin properly. Glucose then stays in your blood causing  your sugar levels to become too high . Thus the glucose doesn't properly reach your cells. When this happens you are diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes vs Type 2 diabetes

When your body does not make insulin you are typically diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  Your body actually attacks the cells in your pancreas that makes the insulin your body needs. People with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day.  Type 1 diabetes is usually found in children and younger adults.

When your body does not use insulin well or does not make it you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes and can develop at any age.

Incontinence & Diabetes

We know there is a direct link between diabetes and incontinence.  A common complication from diabetes is nerve damage as well as neuropathy.  Nerve damage and neuropathy are a result of the high blood sugar levels found in the body. Your body has a group of nerves that run from your heart directly to your bladder. The nerves in your bladder can be affected from diabetic neuropathy.  Symptoms and signs include:

  •          Urgency to urinate
  •          Frequency of urination
  •          Inability to fully empty the bladder
  •          Overactive bladder
  •          Frequent UTI's

There are many treatments available for the incontinence  condition you may experience.  The main goals are to control your blood sugar levels, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

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