Increased night time urination
One of the first symptoms that can present with type 2 diabetes is frequent urination, also known as polyuria.
Polyuria is the production of abnormally large volumes of urine, over 3 litres a day. This can mean you may be popping to the loo a bit more during the day, but it could also be waking you up throughout the night and breaking your sleep pattern. If left ignored, the body may become dehydrated and this may lead to kidney problems.
But why do type 2 diabetics produce so much urine?
If blood glucose levels are abnormally high and are not controlled, the body will then try to remove some of the glucose through the kidneys, which in turn will filter out more water, leading to needing to visit the bathroom more.
If you have noticed that you are urinating a lot more frequently then test your blood glucose levels and make sure to monitor these to ensure you do not develop complications. Let your GP know if this does not resolve after a few days and you are concerned.
Our MySugarWatch continuous glucose device can help you to observe your blood glucose levels for 14 hours a day to see where your blood glucose is spiking. We also have our trained coaches that can help you understand your daily readings and where you can make changes to steady out your blood glucose spikes to prevent any complications.
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