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Frequent Urination and Chronic Kidney Disease

Frequent Urination and Chronic Kidney DiseaseUrine is the waste products made in the kidneys. When kidneys cannot work well, patients may be affected with frequent urination. Also, other urine changes, such as less urine output, protein in urine etc may follow with this symptoms.

What is Frequent Urination?

Frequent urination, where you feel an urge to pass urine more often than usual, is not just a a nuisance and a cause of poor sleep, it can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Polyuria is a medical term that refers to the excessive passing of urine (frequent urination). Frequent urination can be a symptom of many different disease and it is a common sign of kidney disease.

How are Frequent Urination and Chronic Kidney Disease Associated?

The frequent urination is associated with CKD, because kidneys work to form urine.

In order to produce urine, the kidneys do not simply pick waste products out of the bloodstream and send them along for final disposal: there are more than a million of nephrones which exists in each kidney. There are mainly 3 steps, namely, filtration, reabsorption, and secretion.

In the step of filtration, the glomoerulus can use the high pressure to forces out the liquid part of the blood, including dissolved substances, such as urea, salts, glucose etc, The filtrate from the glomerulus passes into the renal capsule and moves into the renal tubule.

The next step is reabsorption, in which molecules and ions will be reabsorbed back into blood. What remains in the glomerulus after this process has taken place is known as the tubular fluid and this is what will pass through to the collecting duct to form urine.

The frequent urination is uasually associated with this step. When kidneys are damaged, its reabsorbed function will decrease. As a result, frequent urination may occur.

At the step of secretion, the waste products such as creatinine, BUN will be removed from blood and be urinated out with excessive water, which forms the urine eventually.

What Tests will Be Recommended for Frequent Urination?

If you are suffering form requent urination, what tests will be recommended? You doctor may suggest you to undergo the following tests:

- Imaging tests: to look inside the body.

- Urine analysis: to determine whether any abnormal compounds are present.

- Urodynamic tests: to examine how well the bladder, sphincters, and urethra are storing and releasing urine.

- Neurological tests: to see if a nerve disorder is present.

Is There Any Suggested Treatment for Frequent Urination?

The treatment for frequent urination differs from person to person. However, if your frequent urination is caused by your damaged kidneys, the treatment should aim at the both the undelrying kidney damage and the frequent urination.

Chinese Herbal Medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicine has been established for medical use for more than 5.000 years. There are more than a hundred of herbs can be used for kidney damage. Chinese herbal medicine can help repair damaged kidney tissues, alleviate the frequent urination and other symptoms, as well as improve kidney functions natually. Due to its free-side-effect, Chinese Herbal Medicine is very popular in children patients and old patients. If you have interest, you can Get a Personalized Herbs List from Our TCM Experts.

Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is suggested for more than 95% of kidney disease is associated with immune disorder. Immunotherapy is designed for autoimmune kidney disease in particular. Immunotherapy can help rebuild immune system and use the new immune system to fight against the inflammations in kidneys. It is effective in preventing many types of kidney diseases, such as IgA Nephropathy, lupus nephropathy, diabetic nephropathy and purpura nephropathy etc.

Diet Changes. Specific diet plays an important role in managing the frequent urination in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. You are suggested to get a personalized diet management which should be based on your own condition. The suggestions for patients with frequent urination caused by CKD may include:

-Limit Fluids Intake. Drink only when thirsty. Do not drink out of habit or to be social. Eat less salt so you will feel less thirsty.

- Take a Low-Phosphorus Diet. Foods that are high in phosphorus include cola drinks, beer, ice cream, sardines, nuts etc.

- Follow a Low Potassium Diet. It can be very dangerous if your potassium level is too high. Too much potassium can make your hear beat irregularly or even stop without warning. If you want to get low potassium foods list, please email to for a reply.

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