Joslin Answers Your Questions

Joslin Diabetes Center experts answer commonly asked questions about diabetes monitoring, treatment, self-care, meal planning, and more.
Joslin Diabetes Center. Walgreens. A trusted team for Diabetes care.
Topic: General Concerns
Question: I'm a male who's had type 1 diabetes for 15 years. Lately, I've been getting up four or five times at night to urinate. Since I'm half-asleep, I never think to check my blood glucose. I'm worried about complications, though. Is this a sign of diabetic kidney disease?

Answer: Increased urination is not a sign of kidney disease. In fact, most people with kidney disease have no symptoms. The most common reason for increased urination in people with diabetes is high blood glucose levels. When blood glucose is too high, the body tries to get rid of the extra glucose by making more urine. High blood glucose can also increase your thirst, so you end up drinking more and consequently urinating more often.

However, if your blood glucose is in your target range, there may be other causes for increased urinary frequency, such as a bladder infection. You can have a bladder infection without any symptoms, so if you are urinating more but your blood glucose is in range or just slightly higher than usual, contact your healthcare provider to find out if you may have an infection. Also, if you have any pain when you urinate, you should see your healthcare provider right away.

View Joslin Answers Your Questions Archive
View other Joslin Diabetes Center educational resources

Back to List

Disclaimer: Except for information, products or services which are clearly identified as being provided by Joslin Diabetes Center, Joslin does not endorse any products or control any information, products or services, including those of Walgreens, on this or any other website. Joslin has not reviewed the products or services described or advertised on this website and makes no representation regarding such products' nutritional value or role in diabetes management.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. Consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment of your medical condition. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of the scientific literature may vary. Walgreens' terms of use and general warranty disclaimer apply to all services provided. If you are in need of immediate medical attention, contact your physician, poison control center or emergency medical professional.