You Need to Pee. All. The. Time
Frequent and excess urination is a classic symptom of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It’s called polyuria, which is the frequent passage of large volumes of urine – generally, more than 3 liters a day.
When a person has diabetes, excess sugar (glucose) accumulates in the blood, and the kidneys need to work harder to effectively filter and absorb it. This excess sugar is expelled into the urine if your kidneys can’t keep up, along with fluids from your body’s tissues.
If you notice that you are suddenly peeing more and more often for no apparent reason – especially if you’re waking up from sleep several times to take a whiz – then it’s time to investigate. Talk to your doctor about it and be sure to mention any other new symptoms.