Diabetes and Incontinence

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It affects over 90% of the 38 million Americans with diabetes. Some risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being obese, having a family history of type 2 diabetes, leading a sedentary lifestyle, and high blood pressure.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes means that you have high glucose levels in the blood. It is a chronic health condition and symptoms include increasing hunger and thirst even after a meal, increased urination, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, blurry vision, numbness in hands or feet, skin infections, and urinary tract infections. If type 2 diabetes is not treated, it can be life-threatening due to complications.

Type 2 diabetes has major complications that include retinopathy, which means eye issues such as glaucoma, and kidney damage that can lead to kidney failure. Nerve damage and poor circulation are the third complication. Poor circulation damages blood vessels and heightens the risk of heart attack or stroke. Nerve damage and hardening of the arteries lead to less sensation and poor circulation to the feet, which is why so many diabetics have foot problems. Nerve damage can also turn into digestive problems.

Can Diabetes Cause Incontinence?

Nerve damage also leads to incontinence. Yes, there is a link between incontinence and type 2 diabetes. Nerve damage to the bladder causes a loss of sensation, meaning you do not recognize the need to go or lack awareness of your bladder filling. Your bladder and bowel may not empty well, putting you at risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney damage, or constipation.

If your diabetes is not under control, your body tries to regulate it by getting rid of extra glucose in urine. This means an increase in the amount of urine produced. Over time, the bladder muscles can weaken to the point where the bladder does not completely empty during urination. This can cause UTIs or overflow incontinence. Overflow incontinence is when urine is involuntarily released without any urge.

Obesity and Incontinence

Type 2 diabetes is related to obesity. Obesity can exacerbate incontinence by putting more pressure on pelvic floor muscles. The best way to prevent incontinence due to diabetes is to get your diabetes under control. This means eating healthier and trying to lose weight. It also means trying to live a more active lifestyle and being healthier overall by doing things like quitting smoking.

It is possible to lessen the effects of type 2 diabetes through a healthy diet and exercise regime. The goal should always be to stay as healthy as possible to get rid of symptoms and lessen the risk of life-threatening complications.

Find Relief Today with the Incontinence Institute

If you are experiencing bladder incontinence, with or without diabetes, contact us. You can also call our discreet, dedicated Medical Concierge at 800-771-1953 to learn more or set up a consultation.

About The Incontinence Institute

At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.

Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

Contact Us

Incontinence Institute 2009 Mallory Lane, Suite 100 Franklin, Tennessee 37067