Overactive bladder may be a common symptom of type 2 diabetes

While some people with type 2 diabetes may not think that the number of times that they have to use the bathroom each day is related to their blood sugar condition, a recent study conducted by researchers in Japan indicated that many type 2 diabetes patients experience overactive bladder problems.

An article published by Renal and Urology News highlighted the study's findings, which showed that among a group of nearly 1,400 men and women with type 2 diabetes, more than one-fifth had an overactive bladder.

The news provider reported that men were more likely than women to report having frequent urination urges. Furthermore, older participants who were over the age of 50 had a two-fold increased risk of overactive bladder, while having type 2 diabetes for at least 10 years was associated with a more than four times greater risk of developing the condition.



"These findings can help guide collaboration between urologists and diabetologists to work toward developing screening for and early treatment of urologic complications in higher risk patients," said the study's authors, quoted by the news source.

According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, high blood sugar levels may eventually cause nerve damage in an individual's body, which may cause a person to lose sensation in his or her bladder.

In people who have an overactive bladder, damaged nerves may send signals to the bladder at irregular times, causing its muscles to squeeze without warning. This may result in increased urinary frequency, urgency or incontinence.

The organization states that individuals who have type 2 diabetes may be diagnosed with overactive bladder if they urinate more than eight times during the day or more than two times at night. Treatments for overactive bladder may involve medications, timed voiding, Kegel exercises, and, in some cases, surgery.
First published on: May 19, 2011