Bladder Infections

Bladder Infections

People with diabetes are much more likely than people without diabetes to have a bladder infection which is also known as a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTI infections may involve the ureters, urethra, kidneys or bladder and you may experience pain, tiredness, nausea and fever. If you have a UTI, it is crucial to treat the infection because if not, the bacteria may spread to your kidneys and cause a dangerous kidney infection.

A published article of American Diabetes Association (ADA) states that more than 50% of men and women with diabetes live with some type of bladder dysfunction which involves symptoms like “urinary urgency, frequency, nocturia, and incontinence.”

Early detection and treatment of bladder infections is key.

Take note of symptoms and report them to a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Symptoms of a Bladder Infection

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include:

•A strong, persistent urge to urinate

•A burning sensation when urinating

•Passing frequent, small amounts of urine

•Urine that appears cloudy

•Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored—a sign of blood in the urine

•Strong-smelling urine

•Pelvic pain, in women—especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone

If the infection is in the kidneys (acute pyelonephritis) symptoms may also include:

•Upper back and side (flank) pain

•High fever

•Shaking and chills



If the infection is in the bladder (cystitis), symptoms include:

•Pelvic pressure

•Lower abdomen discomfort

•Frequent, painful urination

•Blood in urine

If the infection is in the urethra (urethritis), symptoms include:

•Burning with urination


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