More than 4.8 million people in the UK have diabetes, and someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes. Type 1 diabetes is when your body can’t produce enough insulin, which causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high. Type 2 diabetes is the same but it is often linked to being overweight or inactive or having a family history of type 2 diabetes, whereas type 1 diabetes is not. Both types of diabetes have similar symptoms, including an excessive need to urinate. Express.co.uk reveals why diabetes makes you need to wee more often than normal.
Type 1 diabetes is more commonly diagnosed in children and symptoms come on quickly, whereas type 2 diabetes is generally diagnosed in people over the age of 40.
Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent form of diabetes in the UK, accounting for about 90 percent of all diabetes, and type 1 diabetes accounts for nearly 10 percent.
The symptoms are pretty much the same but type 2 symptoms can be easier to miss because they appear more slowly.
Type 1 diabetes is caused by your body attacking itself, which makes it unable to produce insulin, whereas type 2 diabetes is where your body doesn’t make enough insulin or the insulin produced doesn’t work properly.
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When your kidneys can’t keep up with the extra glucose, the excess glucose is excreted into your urine.
The glucose brings fluids from your tissues with it and this makes you dehydrated.
The Mayo Clinic site says: “This will usually leave you feeling thirsty. As you drink more fluids to quench your thirst, you’ll urinate even more.”
The urination and thirst cycle will repeat as long as your body is producing too much glucose, but these symptoms can be managed by treating your diabetes through insulin injections or other appropriate changes (depending on what type you have).