Transparent, colorless urine could also be a sign of some other health disorders, including diabetes and kidney disease, or from taking diuretic medication.
One of the earliest signs of diabetes is having cloudy-coloured urine, it's been claimed. People with diabetes tend to get more urinary tract infections (UTIs). That means you may start to find your urine turns a cloudy colour, explained The Diabetes Council.
Diabetes can cause cloudy urine when too much sugar builds up in your urine. Your urine may also smell sweet or fruity. Diabetes can also lead to kidney complications or increase risk of infections of the urinary tract, both of which can also make your urine appear cloudy.
Diabetes: People with diabetes often have too much sugar (glucose) in their blood. To get rid of the extra glucose, the body moves it from the blood into the urine. So, when someone has undiagnosed or untreated diabetes, they tend to pee more often. And their urine appears clear.
Other information about testing and diagnosis
A urine test for glucose on its own can't diagnose diabetes. It will show your doctor if there is any sugar in your urine, not how much or the possible cause.
Some people with diabetes who regularly have high blood glucose levels may have to urinate too often, also called urinary frequency. Even men and women with diabetes who manage their blood glucose levels within their target range sometimes feel the sudden urge to urinate, called urgency incontinence.
Excessive thirst and increased urination
When your kidneys can't keep up, the excess glucose is excreted into your urine, dragging along fluids from your tissues, which makes you dehydrated. This will usually leave you feeling thirsty. As you drink more fluids to quench your thirst, you'll urinate even more.
People with diabetes may urinate as much as 20 times a day, with a full bladder every time. When you have extra glucose in your blood, due to diabetes, your kidneys work overtime to get rid of it.
Urinating more than 7-10 times a day could be a sign of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. According to the UK's National Health Services (NHS), the amount of urine can range from 3 litres in mild cases to up to 20 litres per day in severe cases of diabetes.
This may look alarming, especially when your urine seems to be glowing in the dark. But don't worry — the bright yellow color is likely due to vitamins, specifically, B vitamins and beta carotene.
If your urine is cloudy, brown, blue, or green and doesn't return to a pale straw color, schedule an appointment to speak with a doctor.
When kidneys are failing, the increased concentration and accumulation of substances in urine lead to a darker color which may be brown, red or purple. The color change is due to abnormal protein or sugar, high levels of red and white blood cells, and high numbers of tube-shaped particles called cellular casts.
The usual color of urine is straw-yellow. Abnormally-colored urine may be cloudy, dark, or blood-colored.
When it comes to hydration, water is the best option for people with diabetes. That's because it won't raise your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can cause dehydration. Drinking enough water can help your body eliminate excess glucose through urine.
One of the most common early signs of diabetes is a need to pee more often during the day. But it can also happen at night. When there's too much sugar in your blood, which happens if you have diabetes, your kidneys have to work harder to get rid of it. This forces them to make more urine.
Some people may notice they have to get up every couple of hours during the night to urinate and that they produce more urine when they do go. The presence of excess glucose can also cause the urine to have a sweet smell. This is most common in advanced cases of type 2 diabetes, he says.
If you find yourself waking up to urinate more than twice each night, you may have a condition called nocturia. This is most common in people over the age of 60. Nighttime urination isn't the same as a related condition called enuresis (bed-wetting). Enuresis is when you can't control your need to urinate at night.
People without nocturia can usually make it through a full night—six to eight hours of sleep—without having to use the bathroom. If you have to get up once during the night to urinate, you're likely still in the normal range. More than once can indicate a problem that will leave you feeling tired.
When signs and symptoms are present, they may include: Increased thirst. Frequent urination. Increased hunger.
The three P's of diabetes are polydipsia, polyuria, and polyphagia. These terms correspond to increases in thirst, urination, and appetite, respectively. The three P's often — but not always — occur together.
Urine that is dark orange, amber, cola-coloured or brown can be a sign of liver disease. The colour is due to too much bilirubin building up because the liver isn't breaking it down normally.