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Bedwetting and Diabetes – Is There a Link?

People with diabetes who also experience bedwetting are right to wonder whether there is a link between the two. Can diabetes be a cause of bedwetting in adults?

The short answer is: yes, diabetes is a known cause of adult bedwetting.

In fact, Healthline notes that Type 1 Diabetes is the third most common cause of enuresis or night time incontinence.

Because glucose isn’t being processed correctly in the body of someone who is diabetic, increased urine production is often the result. This is the underlying cause of what can make a diabetic person start wetting the bed.

Managing and controlling diabetes is the key to controlling bedwetting in this situation.

When an underlying medical condition is the likely or certain cause of a bedwetting issue, then the main focus should be on managing the cause, rather than the symptom.

Naturally, you will still want to take all possible actions to cope with bedwetting while it’s occurring, and minimizing its impact upon your life. This can include making use of a waterproof mattress or bed pad.

Diabetes insipidus and bedwetting

One type of diabetesdiabetes insipidus – brings about a need to pass much more urine than a normal person, as well as excessive thirst. In extreme cases this can make a sufferers have an urge to urinate as often as four times per hour – or every 15 minutes. Clearly this can cause a major disruption to normal life. It can also make sleeping difficult. See your doctor to confirm or rule out diabetes insipidus, or any other form of diabetes or other medical condition before you embark on a treatment plan for nocturnal enuresis.

Bedwetting can come about as a result of diabetes for obvious reasons: an excessive amount of urine is being produced and excessive amounts of liquid are being consumed because of increased thirst.

This can affect both children and adults: anyone who is a diabetic may be at risk of nocturnal enuresis or urinary incontinence.

Studies have found a definite link between bedwetting or incontinence and diabetes. For example, a study in the International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction that was undertaken on 1381 adult women who have diabetes mellitus concluded that “diabetes mellitus is an unarguable independent risk factor for urinary incontinence”. The study focused on several forms of incontinence.

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