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Endocrine disorders

Endocrine disorders can affect bladder function and be the cause of urinary incontinence. Read this article to find out more.
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Endocrine disorders can affect bladder function and be the cause of urinary incontinence.

Some examples of this are:

  • Diabetes
    • Glycosuria glucose in urine
    • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Thyroid imbalance – thyroid imbalances are most commonly seen in women
    • Hypothyroidism (low thyroid levels) can cause retention of urine
    • Hyperthyroidism ( high thyroid levels) most commonly causes frequency and urgency. Other storage symptoms include urge incontinence, nocturia and nocturnal enuresis
  • Pituitary disorders
    • Arginine vasopressin/antidiuretic hormone disorders lead to nocturia or nocturnal enuresis
  • Oestrogen deficiencies
    • Atrophic vaginitis
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