DIABETES type 2 symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and feeling very tired. Passing more urine than normal could also be a warning sign of high blood sugar. But, what counts as a normal amount of toilet trips?
- Diabetes symptoms include passing more urine than normal
- Any persistent change to the average amount of toilet trips could be a warning sign
- Diabetes causes more urine as glucose leaks into urine
- Speak to a GP if you’re worried about signs of diabetes
Diabetes type 2 is a common condition that causes the amount of sugar in the blood to become too high.
Symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, and having an itchiness around the genitals.
Passing more urine than normal could also be a warning sign of diabetes, said the NHS.
Everyone passes different amounts of urine on a daily basis. But, taking more toilet trips than usual for one individual could be a sign of diabetes, said Now Patient’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Andrew Thornber.
Diabetes patients make a lot of urine because glucose leaks into the urine.
The extra sugar in urine pulls more water out of the kidneys, which leads to a fuller bladder. That’s also why patients may feel persistently thirsty.
“If you’re starting to pass urine more often than not, then it may indicate a health problem, such as diabetes, a urinary tract infection, kidney disease, vaginitis in women, or a problem with the wall of your bladder called interstitial cystitis,” said Thornber.
“If you’re needing to go to urinate very quickly, then this may be sign of an overactive bladder, which is common in people over the age of 60.
“It could indicate an enlarged prostate in men over the age of 60, so they should keep speak to their GP if they are urinating more frequently at night or by day.”
They should also speak to a doctor if they have an urgent need to use the toilet, a reduced flow of urine, or if the urine stream takes a little while to begin, he said.
If someone makes more toilet trips than normal in a single day, it doesn’t necessarily indicate diabetes, added medical website WebMD.
If the problem lasts for a few days or weeks, however, it could be a sign to see a doctor.
“If you guzzle a couple of bottles of water because you’re thirsty after a hard workout and then find yourself running to the bathroom, that’s normal,” it said.
“But being thirsty frequently and peeing a lot, over days or weeks, may point to a problem. It can be a symptom of diabetes.
“If you’ve noticed other possible symptoms of diabetes, such as being very tired, slow-healing cuts and bruises, and numbness or tingling in your hands and feet, see a doctor right away.”