Excess sugar consumption, especially refined white sugar, can cause many health issues and conditions, including a need to urinate more often. Too much sugar in your diet makes it more difficult for your kidneys to function properly and excessive urination may also mean that you have other health issues to consider.
Sugar and its Effects on Your Body
Sugar comes into your body in various forms -- glucose, high fructose corn syrup, monosaccharides or polysaccharides and is found in most processed foods as well as appearing naturally in fruits and vegetables. Simple sugars such as these are forms of carbohydrates and are processed quickly in your body. You probably eat two to three pounds of sugar a week or about 135 pounds a year. When you drink a single can of non-diet soda, you add about 10 teaspoons of sugar into your calorie consumption. Adding simple sugars to your diet forces your pancreas to create a hormone called insulin that gets rid of the sugar in your bloodstream. The sugar fluctuations cause stress on various systems in your body, especially the kidneys, and lead to excess urination.
Frequent urination is caused by a number of conditions, among them diabetes, urinary tract infections and ingesting diuretics. Too much sugar triggers the urinary tract system in an effort to eliminate this substance from within the body. The kidneys process sugars, turning them to fat stores, and eliminate the excess into your bladder so you can evacuate your system of these sugars. Urinating gets rid of the sugars in your system, however, this elimination can also mean that your blood glucose levels are too high and you may be on the verge of or have diabetes.
Hyperglycemia is caused by an excess of blood glucose in the bloodstream. People with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes often have a hard time of enabling the insulin produced by the body to process the blood sugars into energy within the cells. Type 1 diabetics’ pancreases are unable to produce insulin while Type 2 diabetics produce enough insulin but their cells resist using the insulin to transform the sugars into energy. Both types of hyperglycemia are characterized by excessive thirst and frequent urination. Should you experience excessive thirst, contact your doctor to conduct tests for diabetes.
Proper Drinking Habits
The first steps toward avoiding hyperglycemia and ultimately diabetes is to control the amount of sugar you ingest. Since excessive thirst and frequent urination are symptomatic of a diabetes diagnosis, monitor the amount of fluids you drink and count the number of sugars you eat. If you find that you are excessively thirsty and you’ve cut down on your sugar intake, contact your doctor for diabetes tests. Keeping hydrated is important, but too much fluid may signal other problems.