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Diabetes and incontinence

There are various indicators to support the link between diabetes and incontinence. It has been found in particular, women with diabetes have up to a 70% greater risk of developing urinary incontinence than women without.

This statistic is concerning, given diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.

There are several factors specific to Type 2 diabetes that can cause incontinence

These include;

  • Being overweight or obese, which places pressure on the bladder and can lead to urinary frequency or urge incontinence. Excess weight also places strain on pelvic floor muscles.
  • Chronically elevated blood glucose levels can result in an increased urine output, frequency or urgency as the glucose molecule pulls fluid into the kidneys.
  • Sixty percent of people living with  diabetes have some sort of nerve damage and can develop a neurogenic bladder that can affect overall bladder function.
  • People living with diabetes also have an increased risk of infections and possible urinary tract infections which could lead to urgency or incontinence.
  • Diarrhea or incontinence could be caused by some common diabetic medications such as metformin.

Wearing a continence product to manage leakage can give the wearer security, dignity and increase confidence, especially when exercising or when socially active.


Watch the video below of Phil who gives us 11 of his best tips for a healthier bladder

By Phil Wilkinson
Urology and Continence Nurse

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