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Renal Glycosuria

739bba_e77cdba2374d86971086c5baeda258e3Renal glycosuria is a very rare disease when it’s inherited, and it’s estimated to only affect 0.16-6.3% of the total population.  The condition is benign, which means that people who have it don’t have many problems, and cases of hypoglycemia or hypoyolemia don’t occur often. 

If you’ve got other serious hereditary conditions, such as Lowe syndrome, Fanconi syndrome, or cystinosis you may also experience some problems with renal glycosuria. 

For those that have problems processing glucose, however, it can be much more common.  Your doctor will usually give you a urinalysis to determine what your levels of glucose are.  You may have some urine ketones as well, and your doctor will assess that through the same tests.

About Renal Glycosuria

Like diabetes, renal glycosuria will occur if you’re having problems with sugar glucose levels, especially when they’re being flushed out of your system in your urine, even if you’ve got normal levels of glucose and no pre-existing medical conditions that may be causing glucose or glycogen storage or excretion problems.  The main problem with the condition is that your renal tubules, a filtering agent located in the kidneys, don’t work properly when glucose levels are too high.

Symptoms of Renal Glycosuria

Symptoms mirror those found in other conditions with glucose problems, such as diabetes.  You want to schedule tests with your doctor first before you start jumping to any conclusions.

  •  Constant thirst;
  •  The need for frequent urination;
  •  Dehydration;
  •  High blood sugar.

And like diabetes, you often get into a cycle with the symptoms, a cycle that never seems to end.  If you’re always thirsty, you need to drink more.  But then you urinate more, so it’s difficult.  If you think that the problem is simply a lack of water, try drinking a lot of fluids for a day or two.  If the condition doesn’t clear up, contact your doctor.  Also, if you’re always rushing to the bathroom, give it a day or two.  It could be a temporary condition, or even something like a bladder infection.

Treatment Options for Renal Glycosuria

Like diabetes before, the treatment options for this condition are much the same.  Make sure that you try to lead as active and healthy a lifestyle as possible.  Oftentimes this condition can be averted if you simply eat sensibly and exercise often.  Other treatments include:

  • Medications for an overactive bladder;
  • Lots of water to handle the effects of dehydration and thirst;
  •  Medications and diet changes to tackle rising blood pressure.

Find Out More

If you think you’ve got this condition because your urine smells bad or looks funny in any way, you are probably not correct.  Your urine can smell bad for a variety of reasons, but this just probably isn’t one of them.  Still, if you really want to learn about this condition, there are many places you can read for more information. 

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