Can Diabetes Cause Bedwetting? Is Bedwetting a Sign of Diabetes?

Most bedwetter children do not have diabetes. However, bedwetting in adults may be related to diabetes. Also, people with diabetes are prone to bedwetting.

In most cases, bedwetting in children is not a reason for concern. Wetting the bed at a younger age is normal and the condition will usually go away on its own without any treatment. Common causes for bedwetting in kids include deep sleeping, late development of bladder control, constipation and poor daytime potty habits.

However, bedwetting in adults (also called enuresis) can be a sign of diabetes. There are several reasons why someone who suffers from diabetes has a higher chance of wetting the bed:

  1. High glucose levels. People diagnosed with diabetes are not able to process glucose properly. Therefore, the body tries to eliminate the sugar through urine by producing a large quantity of urine. [1]
  2. Belly fat. Diabetics are more prone to obesity and the fat accumulated in the abdominal area puts pressure on the pelvic organs, including the bladder. This leads to involuntary urination. [2]
  3. Bladder problems. Diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves. If the nerves of the bladder are affected, the bladder may become overactive or lose the ability to retain urine. Urinary infections are also a complication in people with diabetes. Glucose in the urine allows the bacteria to grow and infect the urinary tract. [3][4]
  4. Constipation. Studies show people with diabetes are more likely to experience constipation then the general population. This is due to the fact that the inadequate glycemic control in diabetes increases the frequency of constipation. Constipation is a factor that contributes to bedwetting (the stool in the intestine puts pressure on the bladder). [5] [6]
  5. Drugs. Some diabetes medication can increase the amount of urine produced by the body as a side effect.

In order to treat bedwetting if you have diabetes, it is imperative to properly manage your blood glucose levels. Losing weight is also important, and this can be achieved with a proper diet and exercise.