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Frequent urinating at night possible sign of diabetes

A resident doctor, Dr Segun Fadare on Tuesday said urinating frequently at night could be a warning sign of high blood sugar level, the hallmark of Type 2 Diabetes.

Fadare, who works with the Babcock University Teaching Hospital Annex, Ibadan said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.

“Needing to go to the bathroom once at night is considered normal, however, urinating more than once at night could indicate an underlying health condition like diabetes.
“Having diabetes leads to excess sugar builds up in your blood which causes the body to excrete the excess glucose through the urine.

“This triggers more frequent urination as the body tries to get rid of the excess amount of glucose and leave the body dehydrated and need to drink more fluid and urinate even more,’’ he said.

According to him, while Type 2 diabetes may not be noticed easily, other signs to watch out for include excessive thirst, unexplainable tiredness and weight loss.
“Early diagnosis of diabetes is important to prevent complications including organ damage, heart disease, stroke and kidney failure.

“It is important to watch out for the warning signs, especially if you have increased risk for diabetes in order to control your blood sugar level and prevent complications.
Fadare advised that people should go for regular checkups for early diagnosis.

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