Is frequent urination bad for my kidneys?

Urination is important in the way it helps reduce waste products that are filtered from the body. For people with normal fluid intake (about 2 liters per 24 hours), the average amount of urine should be between 0.8 to 2 liters a day. That is equivalent to 6-7 times of urinating. However, if you experience urinating more than the average, then something might be wrong with your system. Having urine abnormalities such as too much peeing than the usual can be a symptom of polyuria or frequent urination. Although a lot of people think that this has something to do with their kidneys, actually, this case is often more related to the urinary bladder.


Kidneys avoid the body’s consumed fluid which modifies them into waste products. The waste products are then passed through the tube called ureter and stays in the urinary bladder. Once full, the bladder will eliminate the urine by passing through the outer passage called urethra. Frequent urination is not really bad, since individuals experience differently from one another; however, if this case affects the person’s health then that’s the moment frequent urination can become unfavorable. Better see a doctor to determine the problem. You may undergo some  medical imaging procedures or blood/urine tests to see better findings.


So, what makes you release more urine than the usual?


⦿ Causes

When urinating frequently, you tend to feel pain in your lower abdomen while urinating; you feel discomfort when you urge to pee but nothing comes out; or, often times you lose your bladder control and this sometimes leads to urinary incontinence or the involuntary leakage of urine. This case can be related to any of the following factors below:


  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Drinking Caffeinated fluids such as coffee and alcohol
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)
  • Overactive Bladder Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Bacterial Kidney Infection
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Prostate gland problems


⦿ Treatment and Medication

Frequent urination, if not given enough care, can lead to worse outcomes such as kidney or urinary bladder infections or cancers, prostate gland complications, diabetes, or interstitial cystitis. Also, this greatly affects your lifestyle – from experiencing disrupted sleep due to urge of urinating at night to cutting down travels for you can no longer hold on your pee.


So here we give you tips on how to treat this urinary disorder. The treatment depends upon the diagnosis. So if the doctor finds out that your frequent urination is related to its underlying causes such as diabetes, then they would probably suggest you an equivalent medication to the same illness. Whereas if urinary frequency has something to do with bacterial kidney infection, taking antibiotics can relieve the pain while urinating.


Here are other physical treatments to address the frequent urination:


Bladder training intends to gradually cure the overactive bladder. It takes tracking of how many times you go to the bathroom and then adding 15 minutes to each interval. For example, you keep on urinating for every 30 minutes. This time, extend up to 15 minutes to make it 45, regardless of your urge to urinate. This practice is a way of training your bladder to hold on the urine for a longer period in order to lessen the frequency of urination. Keep the training last for about 2 to 3 months for better result.


Another way to reduce overactive bladder is to monitor your fluid intake. Avoid taking diuretics such as caffeinated products, spicy foods, tomato-based dishes, citrus fruits, and sweets.


⦿ Natural Remedies

Taking natural remedies can also help you fight frequent urination but make sure to consult your doctor about taking alternatives. The following are the bladder-friendly food and drinks that you can take at home:

  • Pumpkin Seeds and Soybean seeds extract
  • Barley or Plain Water
  • Less acidic juices (cranberry, apple, or pear)
  • Foods rich in fiber and protein


By: Sarah Contreras
The author is a full-time blogger of health and lifestyle development. She also writes for Synergy Radiology & Medical Imaging, a trusted provider of radiology services in Australia. What motivates Sarah to keep writing is her passion of providing information to all readers out there.

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