Overactive Bladder Disease: Why Diabetics Need To Be Screened Now

A young woman touching her stomachWhile some people with type 2 diabetes may not think that the number of times that they have to use the bathroom each day is related to their blood sugar condition, a recent study conducted by researchers indicated that many type 2 diabetes patients experience overactive bladder problems. The study found that among a group of nearly 1,400 men and women with type 2 diabetes, more than one-fifth had an overactive bladder.

What is overactive bladder?

Overactive bladder is a condition where the urinary bladder is unable to perform its usual function of storage of urine efficiently. Consequently, the patient suffers from symptoms like increased urgency to pass urine and at an increased frequency. The patient may have to get up frequently at night to void the bladder. He or she may also experience episodes of incontinence, which could interfere with his or her social life. Patients with urinary incontinence are said to be suffering from overactive bladder “wet” and patients without urinary incontinence are said to be suffering from overactive bladder “dry.”

Overactive bladder becomes more common with increasing age.

It often occurs due to increased muscle activity of the bladder, which could be a consequence of partial bladder obstruction, as in the case of prostate enlargement. The inner lining of the bladder could also play a role in bladder over-activity through the release of certain substances like prostaglandins, which stimulate the nerves and result in urgency.