Q: What are possible causes of frequent urination in older adults and the treatments? – T. Murphy

A: There are many possible causes for frequent urination in older adults and include:

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) – This is only treated if the symptoms are bothering the patient. There are some medications that can treat BPH as well as surgical procedures.

Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)  – Depending on what type of diabetes you have that will determine what medication you will take. The patient will need to adopt a diabetic diet to keep their blood sugar at normal levels.

Interstitial Cystitis– There is no cure for this, but several treatments for symptoms such as diet modification, bladder retraining, stress management and healthy sleeping habits.

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