Bladder acting up?
If you’re racing to the bathroom a couple of times an hour or waking up frequently throughout the night needing to wee, you’re probably super frustrated. Having to go all the time can be really annoying. But sometimes, frequent urination can be linked to medical conditions that shouldn’t be taken lightly. So, if you’re concerned, you’ll want to talk to your doctor to rule out any possible diagnoses.
You have a UTI
If you’re needing to wee too often, and it’s happening all of a sudden, it could mean you have a urinary tract infection, says Partha Nandi, MD, a gastroenterologist and internal medicine physician and the author of Ask Dr Nandi. “Frequent urination can be a symptom of many different problems from kidney disease to simply drinking too much fluid,” he says. “But, when frequent urination is accompanied by fever, an urgent need to urinate, and pain or discomfort in the abdomen, you may have a urinary tract infection.” A urinary tract infection can hit when bacteria makes its way into the bladder, but this can be treated with medication.
You have diabetes
Frequent urination, with an abnormally large amount of urine, is often an early symptom of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as the body tries to rid itself of unused glucose through the urine. “Excess sugar builds up in the blood and kidneys are forced to filter and absorb the excess sugar. If they can’t keep up, that excess sugar will be excreted into the urine,” says Dr Nandi. “This causes fluids to be taken from your tissues, and because of this, frequent urination happens, which can cause dehydration.” And, dehydration can lead to serious medical issues resulting in hospitalisation, he explains.
And, as a side note, because excessive thirst is linked to diabetes, and you’re becoming dehydrated from weeing too much, you’ll be drinking more, and then weeing more, over and over, explains Dr Nandi. A helpful tip for managing fluid intake is to “drink enough to prevent constipation and over-concentration of urine, but avoid drinking just before bedtime, which can lead to night-time urination.”