Some people with diabetes may notice foamy urine in the toilet pot when urinating. Is it associated with diabetes? Does it indicate other health issues?
How is foamy urine interrelated to diabetes?
Diabetes is a systemic metabolic disorder and it can involve multiple systems and organs in body. One of serious complications of diabetes is glomerulonephritis. It is a disorder characterized by the inflammation of filters in kidneys that can filter the blood and get rid of waste substances through the urine. Healthy kidneys can retain essential substances such as proteins in body, and remove wastes and extra fluids from body by producing urine.
However, glomerulonephritis in diabetes can damage the filtering system, allowing proteins to leak into the urine. The presence of proteins in urine can cause formation of bubbles, causing foamy urine.
Glomerulonephritis in diabetes does not damage kidneys at one go. In early stage, the protein in urine is very slight and only can be detected by microalbumin test. If foamy urine occurs, it indicates the filtering system of kidneys has been damaged very badly.
However, not all cases of foamy urine is associated with diabetes. If you hold on for a long time when you finally go to the washroom, your urine may hit the toilet pot with such as force, resulting in foamy urine. Also, foamy urine may be caused by dehydration if you do not have ample fluids intake.
In conclusion, if you notice foamy urine when you go to toilet, you should go for a check up immediately and make out if it is interrelated with kidney damage.