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"Why am I urinating so often?"
I've been noticing going alot during the day
I am sorry that you have been urinating so frequently. There are many different causes of polyuria (increased amount of urination). You should follow up with your primary physician who can discuss any other symptoms you might have, perform an examination, and start an initial workup. One of the most common etiologies is diabetes mellitus. In this situation, high levels of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia) causes glucose to spill into the urine which pulls water with it at the same time, creating high quantities of urine. Another common cause is primary polydispia which is related to increased water intake. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and diabetes insipidus (a condition with inappropriate urine concentration) can also give symptoms to increased urine production or frequency. Many of these disorders can be screened for by a urine analysis, but may require further blood testing. On the other hand, changes in diet may be the cause, specifically diuretics, caffeine, and alcohol. There are also various systemic diseases such as hyperthyroidism, Lupus, electrolyte abnormalities, and liver or kidney disorders that can cause increased urination. Since there are many different causes of increased urinating frequency, you should follow up with your primary care doctor. Prior to your visit you should consider if there are other symptoms. For example, do you ever have pain with urination? Is this a recent change or has it been ongoing? Have you started any new medications? Has you diet changed recently? Thinking about these questions before your visit can help your physician narrow down the possible causes of your symptoms.
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