I have been dribbling on a night for some time now. I have had type 2 diabetes for 16 years and in the last 6 months or so i have started with ‘incontinence’ its only really through the night and only usually light (depending on how much i’ve drank before bed) doesn’t wake me up but im wet when i do wake up. Can my diabetes be causing this? just wondering if its some sort of ‘side affect’?
Sorry to hear you are experiencing this.
It is likely that your Diabetes is causing this, as individuals with Diabetes have up to a 70% greater risk of developing incontinence.
In type 2 Diabetes, your levels of blood sugar rise due to the body’s ineffective use of insulin. This high blood sugar can increase the amount of urine produced, which can cause a lack of bladder control.
Type 2 Diabetes is strongly linked to a high body mass index, which is one of the most common causes of incontinence. Interestingly, each 5-unit increase in body mass index is associated with an incontinence prevalence risk of up to 50%. Increased weight causes additional stress to be placed on a person’s pelvic floor muscles, which support the pelvic organs.
Frequent constipation and congestive heart failure from Diabetes-related coronary artery disease are common risk factors. Have you experienced any of these?
Have you had any issues with mobility? This, along with pregnancy in individuals with Diabetes can be another risk factor.
You can read more about Diabetes and incontinence in our blog.
Although your Diabetes is likely causing your incontinence, it is important to visit a Doctor and ensure there is no other underlying health condition causing this. You also need to ensure you do not have an infection such as a urinary tract infection causing this.
Have you tried any products or lifestyle changes to manage your incontinence at night?
The information blog was very helpful thank you for posting. I use a pad on a night but its starting to get a bit heavier and going through to my bed sheets. Do such things as protective mats or sheets to go over the bed exist?? if so i would be interested to use them. I do not have any problems with my mobility as of yet so that is not a problem to me but would be interested in the products available if you can help me with that please and thank you
What kind of pad are you in currently? It may be that your pad is not absorbent enough and you can try another pad.
Alternatively, you could try a pull up pant or all in one. These are often designed to absorb more liquid than pads. As you leaks aren’t extremely heavy, you may be more comfortable in a pull-up pant. These are stretchy and are designed to be worn as a replacement to your normal underwear. Many of these feel just like ordinary underwear. All in ones, on the other hand, are more of a nappy style product. They are slightly bulkier than pull up pants.
Which of these would you be comfortable trying?
Yes, you can purchase bed mats and sheets to go over the bed. Is it just your bed sheet and mattress that are affected by leakages?