How Diabetes Can Affect Bladder Control
Diabetes can change your bladder
control. Over time, diabetes can damage the nerves and muscles that control the bladder.
This can lead to an overactive bladder or an underactive bladder. It can happen in
Symptoms of an overactive bladder
Needing to pee (urinate) more
often (8 or more times a day)
Needing to get up often at night
Having a sudden, strong urge to
Leaking urine after a sudden
An overactive bladder can be treated.
Types of treatment include:
- Exercises to strengthen the muscles that hold in urine
- Electrical stimulation
- Surgery for more severe cases
People with diabetes can also lose the
urge to pee. This condition is known as an underactive bladder. They may not be able
fully empty the bladder. They may have a lot of urinary tract infections. They may
able to pee in small amounts at a time. This is called dribbling or a weak stream.
Medicine, surgery, and habit changes may be used to treat these underactive bladder
Smoking and being overweight raise
your risk of these bladder problems. Some medicines can make it hard to start peeing
keep it going. These include medicines taken to control blood pressure. One type of
diabetes medicines lowers blood sugar by raising the amount of blood sugar in the
These medicines are called SGLT-2 inhibitors. People taking these medicines are at
risk for fungal infections.