The number of time you pee can tell you about your health

Let’s get one thing straight. The number can vary according to your lifestyle, fluid intake and overall health regardless of the norms suggested by science.

Urination, however, is often overlooked as it only looked upon as a bodily function that gets rid of excess waste through passing off urine. But if you’re inquisitive about if you’re passing enough urine or not and what that says about your health, you’re asking the right questions.

Is there an ideal number of times you should pee in a day?

Well, it depends on the capacity of your bladder.

The average bladder can hold up to 2 cups for around 2-5 hours. The average healthy person pees around 6-7 times a day, but peeing anywhere between 4-10 can also be seen as normal. You should be aware of the routine levels you urinate in the day.

When is peeing to much a problem?

A burning or a peeing sensation or a change in the amount or frequency your urine you pass could be indicative of a problem.

What about peeing at night?

Not waking up at all or maybe once to pee during a 6-8 hour session of sleep can be considered normal. As an elderly individual, however, you can become more prone to nighttime urination.

Is it possible to train your bladder to hold off from peeing?

Yes, you can retrain your bladder as long as you do not have incontinence issues, says Dr Grafstein.
You don’t have to respond to every little urge to urinate. You can naturally do this by not getting up to the bathroom so often; similar to how surgeons and teachers go about it.

When does holding off from urinating become bad for you?

If the urge becomes physically painful it’s an indication that you shouldn’t hold on any longer. At this point your bladder distends outwards increasing your chance of bladder infections, adds Dr Grafstein.

Are there any major signs to watch out for?

If you experience discrepancies in your urination without making drastic changes in your diet or lifestyle you may want to watch out for these symptoms that could indicate the following conditions:
Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) or Interstitial cystitis

• If you feel like going soon after you’ve just peed recently.
• If you feel like you haven’t managed to fully empty your bladder after peeing.
• If you feel a burning or straining sensation after or while you urinate.
• If you see a pink, red or cloudy hue in your urine.
• Pain in your back or abdomen or while having sex.
• Symptoms of fever.

You can manage UTI’s by
Having a combination course of antibiotics and painkillers to manage the pain and treat the infection. You could even use popular home remedies like apple cider vinegar to treat urinary tract infection.

Diabetes and excessive peeing

• Urinating more often than what’s normal.
• Excessive thirst.
• Feeling fatigued and lethargic.

You can manage diabetes by
Getting it treated by a professional. Make sure to follow the recommended lifestyle changes, bladder exercises or medications.

Urinary incontinence

• Losing control of your bladder, which causes you to pee more often in small amounts.
• Weakened muscles that cause a leakage when you laugh or are under stress or your lift things causing even a little pressure on the pelvic muscles.
• Overactive muscles that can make you want to pee uncontrollably even when you don’t have urine in your bladder.

You can manage urinary incontinence by

Performing muscle-strengthening exercises like Kegel’s or bladder training and making changes to your lifestyle like cutting your caffeine intake, losing weight and altering liquid intake. There are also medications to reduce the urge.

Kidney Disease 

Urinating at a higher frequency, especially at night.

• Weakness or trouble sleeping

• Blood-stained urine

• Muscle cramps or swollen ankles

• Loss of appetite

You can manage kidney disease by

Making lifestyle changes like altering your diet, cutting down your on alcohol and salt intake and so on. You need to take medical advice on the medications needed to manage symptoms such as high BP or high cholesterol.

(Source : India times)

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