Peeing too much? While, there’s no one-size-fits-all recommendation for how often or how much someone should pee, according to Cleveland Clinic, you may be wondering whether you suffer from an overactive bladder. The condition, which affects an estimated 33 million Americans, represents a collection of symptoms that can take you away from your normal routine, including:
Urgency: failure to postpone the need to urinate.
Frequency: the need to urinate at least eight times per day.
Urge incontinence: “spastic bladder,” or leakage when one needs to urinate.
Nocturia: excessive urination at night, at least two times per night.
Believe it or not, your bladder can hold up to 2 cups or 16 ounces of urine for two to five hours, without much any trouble. So, if you believe you’rerunning for the bathroom too frequently, here are 5 reasons you may be peeing too much and what you can do.
Weak pelvic muscles: Muscles that have become stretched and weakened due to pregnancy and childbirth, can also cause leakage.
What you can do: Pelvic floor exercises like Kegels. First, you must learn how-to flex your pelvic floor muscles. Then, squeeze for 5 seconds and relax for 5 seconds. Complete 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
Diabetes: Frequent urination (also called polyuria) and excessive thirst (also called polydipsia) are often early and commonly overlooked signs of diabetes. According to the Mayo Clinic, your kidneys must work harder to filter and absorb the excess sugar (glucose) that builds up in your blood when you have diabetes. This can trigger frequent urination, which in turn can make you dehydrated.
What you can do: If you suffer from frequent urination and/or excessive thirst and have not been diagnosed with diabetes, you should talk to your doctor aboutscreening for it. If you are a person living with diabetes, in addition to staying on top of your treatment plan, your family doctor may suggest a series of lifestyle changes, bladder training, or exercise.
Medications, alcohol, caffeine: These products can dull the nerves, affecting the signal to the brain, resulting in bladder overflow, according to Cleveland Clinic. On the other hand, diuretics and caffeine can spike bladder filling, resulting in leakage.
What you can do – While it may be difficult at-first, experts suggest limiting intake. For coffee drinkers, 4 cups of coffee (400 mg of caffeine), are safe for most healthy adults. If you believe that your medication is causing urine frequency or incontinence, talk to your doctor about making an adjustment or trying a new treatment altogether.
Infection: Infections, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI), can irritate bladder nerves, causing the burning, pain, fever, nocturia, and straining while urinating. Nearly half of women will get a UTI at some point in their lives.
What you can do: Consult your physician. He/she can place you on a regimen ofantibiotics and painkillers to kill the infection in its tracts (no pun intended). Regular physical activity may also decrease risk of the bacterial infection.
Enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia: An enlarged prostate, characterized by a weak, slow urine stream, urgency, frequency, and at-times, traces of blood in the pee, may also result in an overactive bladder. It’s important to note, however, that symptoms are similar for prostate cancer, so stay on top of your concerns.
What you can do: Cut caffeine and alcohol intake – especially before bedtime. Exercise regularly to reduce stress and to strengthen and improve bladder capacity. Muscle relaxants and hormone blockers may also prove beneficial for sufferers, according to Harvard Medical School.