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    Diabetic's urine strong odor.
    chris21090 posted:
    I have noticed lately that my urine has had a strong odor every time I go to the bathroom. Is that normal?
    Anon_1092 responded:
    It is hard to say if this is normal or not. Has the odor of your urine changed in conjunction with a change or addition of meds? Have you changed your diet recently? Change in diet or meds can change the odor and color of your urine.

    Are you getting enough to drink? Urine should be fairly light in color or clear...that said, B vitamins may change the color to bright yellow or green.

    I do not have any kidney damage at this time but will notice a change in the odor of my urine if I change or add vitamins or supplements, certain veggies, curry, coffee and some drugs such as antibiotics.

    If you exhibit any signs of infection or know you have kidney disease or damage, please call your doctor, otherwise I would put this on your list of questions for the next time you see your doctor.
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi chris and welcome!

    According to a WebMD feature (link below), urine normally doesn't have a very strong smell. An unusually strong smell could mean that you have an infection or urinary stones. Diabetics might notice that their urine smells sweet, because of excess sugar. Some foods can also change urine odor.

    Read more here:
    What do urine color and odor changes mean? How often should you 'go'?

    I agree with Anon, be sure to mention this to your doctor when you have your next check up!

    cnadygirl53 responded:
    chris do you have pain in your lower back, does it hurt when you pee, does it burn if you say yes then you might have a urinary infection, if not you still may have one. don't do like I did an ignored the signs and ended up in the hospital with a kidney infection that got into my blood stream, very painful and not fun. so go see your doctor and get checked out, trust me this is coming from a gal who had strong odor coming from her urine as well and choose to wait a month before seeing the doctor. by you being a diabetic it makes more complications, hope you feel better soon.
    auriga1 responded:
    I have been diabetic since 2006. I have never noticed a strong odor. Are you sugars always in the normal range? If they are higher than normal, you may be spilling sugar into your urine.

    Are you sure you are well-hydrated? If you are, there may be something else going on. Best to call your doctor. So many things can affect the odor of urine. Foods, medications, infections are some examples.
    zorrro responded:
    Me too !! That is why I am searching for answers on this med forum. I am taking b vitamins and drink lots of coffee. I am going to eliminate the b vitamins then the coffee to see what effect they have on my really bad urine smell. I am also a type II diabetic and wonder if this is "normal". I am not an expert on smell but I would go as far as to say that it smells like rotten egg. I am wondering weather my smell is similar to yours. I have wondered whether it is related to my prostate and what I am smelling is prostate drainage or sperm release. I quite frankly do not know. My pant's crotch by the end of the day give off a VERY strong smell, I smell like an old goat. I was once told a joke about old men. The jokes asks why old men smell so bad. The answer: you would too if you had two rotten eggs and one dead duck. I guess I have arrived.
    trudyanne replied to zorrro's response:
    I also have a huge odor problem and use lots of perfume because I am embarrassed. I am wearing depends because I sure don't want that odor leaking...that said, my A1C was a little high but the doctor warned me to watch my diet better. I urinate a lot and, I think, stay dehydrated with all the loss. The doctor acts like I am crazy when I mention all this plus the extreme odor. I hope someone here can help me figure this out!!! Thanks in advance.....
    brunosbud replied to trudyanne's response:
    Why are the overwhelming majority of members and visitors, here, over the age of 45? What does this suggest to you about blood sugar control?

    Don't know about all of you but what it tells me: There's a relationship between diabetes and growing old.

    Do people start popping vitamins, supplements and prescription drugs when their hair starts to grey and thin? How about when they stop ovulating or lose sex drive? How about when they fatigue more easily and need to take naps in the afternoon? How about when you wake up frequently at night to pee and have trouble getting back to sleep? How about weak streams when you urinate (or, incontinence)? How about when you start to see brown spots or freckles on your face? How about when you lose range of motion and suffer achy joints? How about when you need thicker glasses to read the paper? Or, when you can't remember what you did the day before? Or, when you have to be nagged, incessantly, to drink a glass of water?...

    No. People don't "drug" up for those symptoms. Those symptoms are just common signs of "normal" aging.

    But, when you have diabetes, everybody seems to think it's time to "drug" up. They determine that something's "missing" and the best way to address this: "Supplement"

    Alpha-lipoic acid
    Vitamin D
    Vitamin B6 & B12

    Yeah. If we take "these", we might miraculously gain blood sugar control, right? Never mind, we never heard, let alone, needed this "stuff" in our 20s, 30s and 40s. Darn it, this is what we need, now!

    My only question is this: If we need this stuff to regain control of our blood sugar, why didn't we need this stuff when we were "young"? Why isn't everyone ingesting all these pills/supplements when we're in Kindergarden? Why wait (until a doctor tells you, "I'm sorry but you have diabetes)?

    There are many "symptoms" that become exacerbated with normal aging. And, since diabetes is a condition that destroys tissue, this "accelerates" the aging process ever more! When kidneys, lungs, liver and skin are young, we may not generate strange smells or odors because our body wastes are so efficiently removed. But, when this organs age and lose their efficiency, we manifest many "symptoms" (especially, odors). Some we're quite familiar with. But, there are many we have no clue.
    zorrro replied to auriga1's response:
    thanks aurga1! I stopped drinking coffee or at the very least limited it to one day a week. I noticed that by deleting coffee from my diet the urine smell stopped. I love coffee and it is even supposed to be good for you. My kidneys apparently can't take coffee or dissolve coffee. I do believe I also have an infection in either the urinary tract or kidneys. Very strong smell. thanks again for your reply. Yes, I have thought about depends as well.
    zorrro replied to brunosbud's response:
    After thirty years of smoking cigarettes, eating sugar, drinking alcohol or doing or eating anything for 30 years - the body gets hurt. The body can not take he abuse any longer so the liver, kidneys, pancreas or stomach will stop functioning - depending on what abuse has been given the body for 30 years. No amount of vitamins will reverse the 30 years of damage.
    brunosbud replied to zorrro's response:
    There are many services that we hold dear that are based on fear, ignorance, and counter intuition. prison...charitable donation...and, unfortunately, medicine.

    I exposed myself to 30 years of exactly the same self destruction as you because I was young, dumb and full of...whatever. Finally, I stopped playing in the street. My body healed itself shortly, thereafter. Finding relief from a devastating
    disease is, in many respects, like learning to play high stakes poker. It's not about hoping you'll "catch aces" (magic in a bottle). It's more about learning to let go of losing hands...
    woodstar33 responded:
    same as above

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