Nighttime Bathroom Trips

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   Posted 9/9/2005 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm new here and would like to thank everyone for their great posts!!

My husband who is a Type II diabetic has to get up between 4 and 8 times a night to use the bathroom.

His Dr. has told him that it's because the body is ridding itself of the excess sugars.

However, for the past two weeks, he's been taking herbs along with his meds and his sugar levels are close to "normal."

My question is this: Since his sugar levels are so much better, why is he still having to get up so many times during the night?

Does anyone else have a problem like this?

Thank you in advance for any help you may offer. :)

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 9/9/2005 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello. The only times I have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom is if i'm high or pregnant. Maybe even though he's close to normal, there might still be some excess sugars through the night. Is he checking his sugars when he gets up to use the bathroom? If not then that might be a good idea, and if he is and his sugars are good then I'm not too sure what it could be! lol Good luck! Robyn

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   Posted 9/9/2005 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have an explanation, but I experience the same thing. I'm also type II, have really good BS right now, but still have to pee several times a night...I just don't know...

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   Posted 9/19/2005 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 6 weeks ago. My doctor did some tests recently and has referred me to a Nephrology specialist. That's a kidney doctor.

So I looked up some information about it. When there's protein in your urine, it means that your kidneys aren't filtering completely. One of the symptoms, which I have, is frequent night time urination.

Just something to consider. You might want to get a urine protein test done.


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   Posted 10/1/2005 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
My DH is a Type 2, diagnosed in August, so much of this is new to us. He usually only makes one trip to the bathroom during the night. I figure it's age (he's almost 65). Four to eight times a night seems pretty often to me. I am wondering if limiting the intake of liquids after 6 or 7 p.m. might help. Don't know. Consult with a kidney specialist sounds like a good idea to me, too. Lauri
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   Posted 10/2/2005 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Has his Prostate been checked?It may be swelled enought that his bladder is not emptying out 100%.So he's up & down like a yo yo.


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   Posted 10/9/2005 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hubby might also be a candidate for 'irritable bladder' meds. He could also have kidney stones (or even a bladder tumor!) Everybody who said see a urologist or a nephrologist is correct. Your body only causes you to urinate more (in quantity) if you drink more. Diabetics usually drink more fluids because the kidneys demand more water to do their job correctly when there is excess sugar in the blood. If his sugars are close to normal (how close?) and he's not drinking excessive amounts of water then he is maybe suffering from 'frequency' which is the urge to urinate frequently even though only small amounts of urine are passed each time. Any of these problems should be addressed by a doctor who cares enough to check into the problem and doesn't just pass it off as "the body ...ridding itself of the excess sugars." Did hubby explain the normal sugars along with the frequent urge to get up? Combining those two things would set off alarm bells in an alert physician. There are many things that these symptoms can be caused by so I'd get back to the doc and ask for some explanations. BTW, one cause of frequency is caffeine in sodas or coffee. Take care and let us know how things turn out.
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