Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Is My Frequent Urination a Problem?

Friday, 29 Mar 2013 04:47 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I urinate more than most people. Is this a sign of a problem?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Frequent urination can be a red flag for a bladder or kidney problem, or other health disorders. This is not a time to self-diagnose; be sure to seek professional guidance. Frequent urination can reflect simply an overabundant fluid intake or may reflect a bladder or kidney disorder, or even a more serious medical condition such as diabetes.
 
Too much caffeine, drug effects from weight loss agents that contain diuretics, bladder conditions (infection or malignancy), prostate conditions (infections or tumor) in men, and some forms of kidney failure are but a few conditions that can cause frequent urination and require early diagnosis.
 
A simple brief exam and a urinalysis is often all that is needed to rule out, or identify, any problem.

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