If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, you may want to pay more attention to your bladder. Recent reports from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio revealed new risks of diabetes on bladder control problems. Classic symptoms associated with diabetic bladder dysfunction include decreased bladder sensation, increased bladder capacity, and impaired bladder contractibility that results poor emptying. Recent clinical and experimental studies have shown strong presence of urine storage problems such as urinary urgency and incontinence in both Type I and Type II diabetes. 52-87% of the randomly evaluated diabetic patients have urologic symptoms. 25% of diabetic patients on oral hypoglycemic treatment have diabetic bladder dysfunction. Studies in animal models also indicate that diabetic bladder dysfunction exhibits two phases. In the early onset of the disease, there are increased bladder capacity and thickened bladder walls. As the disease progresses, other bladder symptoms would appear, including urinary urgency, incontinence, and poor empting. It is not quite clear yet how diabetes causes diabetic bladder dysfunction. Be aware. To your health Peipei Wishnow, PhD Disclaimer: The cases reported above are based on true experiences of individuals with their names modified to protect their privacy. Dr. Peipei Wishnow’s thoughts regarding the cases discussed are her personal thoughts only. Information presented on this website is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products offered on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.