Diabetes and Incontinence: Do They Go Hand-in Hand?

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Dysfunction of urination has long been known to cause problems associated with diabetes due to obesity. Diabetes is often related to incontinence because of the increased weight placed on the muscles of the pelvic floor in overweight people. These dysfunctions are more commonly seen in women dealing with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is also said to affect nerve functions, which can lead to a decreased bladder sensation. They will have little to no warning before feeling the urge to urinate which can lead to episodes of incontinence.

One of the biggest problems people with incontinence and diabetes experience is the need to quench their thirst. A diabetic’s increased blood sugar levels can cause irritation of the bladder, which can lead to urinary incontinence. It is said that up to 85% of diabetics with numbness in their hands and/or feet will have diminished bladder sensation, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Nerve damage, issues with circulation and dehydration are factors that can cause sensitive skin in diabetics. When there are higher levels of blood sugar in your urine, one tends to have an increase in the amount of urination held in your bladder causing one to do deal with incontinence. As you empty your bladder your kidneys lose their glucose levels leading to a loss of water in your body causing dehydration. This dehydration will lead one to have issues with sensitive skin.

Diabetic socks were created to deal with the extra care and attention your feet need. They are 100% cotton for maximum comfort and durability, and are perfect for anyone dealing with poor circulation, irritable skin or diabetes. They are made with no elastic or synthetics and have improved cushioning to reduce binding and eliminate skin irritation.



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