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Sugar in Urine -- Dangers and Information

Updated on November 21, 2011

Sugar in Urine

Urine is one of the most indicative substances in the human body, and having sugar in urine can be one of the major warning signs that your body is going through an impending change. Your body is constantly expelling things it doesn't need or can't use. If you think about it, every time you take a breath, your body is expelling carbon dioxide, CO2, as waste and taking in new oxygen. Urine is another way that the body regularly expels waste and chemicals it doesn't need. It's important to note that urine isn't just a mix of toxins and harmful waste products. If you're drinking enough water, urine should be mostly clear and clean. Urine is essentially a way for the body to expel the waste it no longer needs.

That's where sugar in urine comes into play. In general, when your body isn't processing sugar correctly, it may get filtered out by the organs and expelled through urine. Having sugar in your urine is a pretty good sign that there's something going on inside your body that's causing it to not be able to handle sugar correctly. If your body is functioning normally, there shouldn't be any sugar in your urine. There are very few natural situations that could cause sugar to end up in your urine on a regular basis, because ordinarily, if the body has too much sugar, it should be processed and stored in cells as energy for later use.

Glucose Regulation

Different bodies process glucose differently. Blood sugar fluctuates constantly throughout the day, and the levels at which it fluctuates are different for different persons. If you are experiencing glucose problems, like having glucose in your urine, it might not be a bad idea to check out some natural supplements that can help to regulate blood sugar levels. I've done some research and from what I've read, Holy Basil is both cheap and effective at helping the body process sugar. It has been studied in clinical trials on patients with type 2 diabetes and has been shown to be effective at regulating blood glucose.

What's in Urine?

Urine, when tested, gives us an insight into the compounds that the body feels it can't use. Most often urine is comprised of water because we generally drink more liquid than the body can utilize, and it's important to have an overabundance of water in order to help the body flush itself of toxins and other things. But the other, non-water compounds found in urine give us a clue into what the body thinks it either has too much of, or things that aren't usable. Sugar is so useful that the body will either use it immediately or else store it in various places if it can't use it immediately.

Sugar in urine is generally one of the symptoms of diabetes, but not always.
Sugar in urine is generally one of the symptoms of diabetes, but not always.

Sugar in Urine -- What Does it Mean?

If there is sugar in your urine, it could be a possible sign of diabetes or kidney infection. In addition, there are a few other things that can cause sugar to enter the bloodstream. A few prescription drugs have that as a listed side effect, so if you're on any prescriptions and you're worried about having sugar in your urine, check the side effects before getting too worried. But in most cases, sugar in urine generally means that the body is beginning to have a problem processing sugar correctly, which means that you're probably already slightly diabetic, or in the initial stages. If this is you, and you already know that you have sugar in your urine, contact your doctor immediately and schedule an appointment to have yourself checked out.

If you aren't sure whether or not you have sugar in your urine, there are various urine tests that you can use in order to test yourself. If you're in the preliminary stages and just want to see if there's sugar in your urine, I've given a link to a great urine test product below. If you're going the route of blood testing, here are a few general numbers for where your blood sugar ought to be at. In normal persons glucose levels should be between 70 and 150 mg. This varies however, and are sometimes lower in the morning, and right after you eat. Blood sugar out of this range can be labeled hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic, which are both potentially dangerous and uncomfortable situations.

About Urine Tests

Urine tests are one of those often looked down on forms of testing.  People see them as substandard to blood tests.  But in fact, it's just the opposite.  Urine is often more indicative of your body's overall condition than blood is, because your body has ways of compensating the blood in times of need.  Take calcium for example.  If you were in the initial stages of calcium deficiency, your body would begin to leach calcium from your bones to replenish the supply in your bloodstream, and simply by taking a blood test, you would never know that anything was wrong.  Urine is a very indicative substance because knowing what the body is getting rid of can give you a great insight into what's really going on inside.  A good urine test is a great thing to take as a regular practice.

**This article is meant to enhance your general knowledge and should not be taken as medical advice or as a medical diagnosis

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      m.lavanya 

      3 years ago

      sir i've corresponding sugar 0.5% please suggestion

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      francis 

      3 years ago

      Im i have my urine check then they see plus 4 in my urine glucose. So i have my a1c check for a month to check my blood glucose level . The result for a month testing is 73 t0 78 only have my urine test again stil plus 4 glucose. Guys ples tell what could cause this

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      Eileen 

      3 years ago

      I am a diabetic controlled. Two weeks a go my doctor took a urine test one in every 3 months, and found it to be normal with an AIC 7.3 i eat very healthy and watch it. I drink a lot of water and ice tea (Plain) I got really ill last weekend and had the chills. went to bed for the whole weekend, Had a lot of pressure and burning when urinating, After 3 days, i went to ER and had a urine test and the nurse said i definitely had a UTI and my sugar was quite High, What would cause this and what can I do for it. I am on Metformin and Glipizide twice a day.

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      Hermione 

      4 years ago

      Go sugar!

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      kego 

      5 years ago

      m 18weeks pregnant been to the doctor who checked my sugar level ,and found it to be high in urine but normal in the blood.what is going on am i diabetic?

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      Joace Montas 

      5 years ago from Tanauan, Batangas, Philippines

      i just started on my job this month, so i had to take medical exams. on my first urinalysis, which was done 30 mins after i ate my lunch, they measured the trace of sugar by 400. then, i had to repeat the urinalysis twice. the first was normal (done after 8-hours of fasting), then on the second, they traced the sugar again,(done two hours after i ate my lunch) but a bit low this time. they also checked my blood sugar and measured 88. i have a diabetes but i manage to control my sugar level because i watch what i eat. the last result of my urinalysis bothers me. does the trace of sugar in urine indicate that my kidney is not functioning well? if so, what will i do to prevent more damage? im 21 by the way and so hands on on everything i eat. hope someone would help me to figure things out. thank you.

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      Lai-Lai 

      5 years ago

      It can also by thyroid problems.

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      lynn schulz 

      5 years ago

      I had a test and found out I had extremely high sugar in my urine. and my blood glucose was low at 83. I've lost a lot of weight. What is going on?

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Usually that means that your body is beginning to have trouble processing sugar and is getting filtered out as waste. It can mean different things, but mainly it means that diabetes might be around the corner.

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      MLP 

      6 years ago

      I had a test done and I have high amounts of sugar in my urine....I am only 25..what does this mean?

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Hmm, not sure about that one. Having a urinary tract infection on top of Addisons Disease sounds like a complex time to take a urine sample for testing. I wouldn't think that Addisons Disease would contribute to diabetes or to finding sugar in urine, but I'm not an expert in adrenal issues, so it's difficult to say. Sorry. Your doctor should be able to give you more input once the tests are done.

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      claire bancroft 

      6 years ago

      i went to the doctors today as I have a urine infection, the first lot of antibiotics didn't work. When i saw the doc today she asked me if i had diabetes. what does this mean and what has she found. she sent of the urine sample to be tested. i have addisons disease so wondering if it is something you get with this disease?

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Not sure about that one.

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      ldduncan 

      6 years ago

      Can taking Azo over the counter cause sugar in my blood.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Lili, that's definitely something that you should be talking to your prenatal care physician about. Numbers can go crazy during pregnancy and it's really important to have an expert in the field of pregnancy to talk to.

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      liji james 

      6 years ago

      i m 16th weekspregnant,i have pre diabetics.i was taking metformine .12 week before i wean off this.after 1week i checked my blood sugar 84,urine sugar is 940. im worring about this can u please give me advice

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Well, if you find that sugar is consistently in your urine, then it probably means that your body is starting to develop diabetes. You might want to get checked out by a doctor.

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      Emmanuel musyoka 

      6 years ago

      I've found sugar in my urine but my blood sugar is normal. Am worried what's wrong with my body, please help.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      6 years ago from San Diego, California

      You're exactly right, blood sugar and urine are really volatile, so I put the most stock in fasting levels, like you said. If those are okay, I feel better, even if the other levels aren't necessarily where I'd like them. Thanks very much for sharing your expertise.

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      Southern girl 

      6 years ago

      I also had an experience this past year where my doctor found sugar in my urine. I have a long history of bladder infections, and I have cystitis (very painful). However, I did a "fasting" test, and everything looked o.k. I also used my parents test kit, and did a "stick" test for sugar levels. It was fine. I was going through a HUGE amount of stress during that time,.. AND I had just eaten lunch before I had arrived at the doctor's office that first time. I agree that the test could be off due to sugar/food intake at the time, stress, or other.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Hey Lita. I'm really not allowed to answer those types of questions. Sugar in urine though, especially at those levels isn't good. You probably need to get checked out. If you don't have insurance, there have got to be some government assisted methods that won't charge you.

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      Lita 

      6 years ago

      Hello,,i have a urine test this afternoon,,they said i have sugar in my urine,,but they check my sugar,,its only 123 and i don't have insurance to check my blood for that,,do u think that is a life threatening???

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Hey there. Unfortunately, I'm not up to speed on my numbers, and I'm not allowed to give advice :( You should ask a medical professional.

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      Santosh 

      6 years ago

      Hi,Thanks for nice and informative article. My random blood sugar is 105 mg/dl and corresponding urine sugar is 0.5%. Is this an indication for diabetis? I am under medication for dental treatment. Please advise.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      7 years ago from San Diego, California

      Renee, I'm sorry to hear about that. Type 2 Diabetes is a very serious condition, but hopefully it won't impact your longevity and enjoyment of your life.

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      renee 

      7 years ago

      I just found out I have sugar in my urine.I'm type 2 diabetes.I worry a lot about everything.My dad just pasted because of it and other stuff and I have kids and I want to be able to live long enough to see my kids grow up.It scares me for real and it's nothing to joke about at all.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      7 years ago from San Diego, California

      Thanks! That's really interesting about camping and the ants. I would have probably come to the same conclusion as you that it must be sugar in my urine. I'm glad you checked out okay. Yeah, activity is one of the best regulators of the bodies processes.

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      Mays12 

      7 years ago from middle east

      ..that aritcle was usefull

      tnx a lot :)

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      Max_Power 

      7 years ago from Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

      Hey Benji,

      Excellent, well written and informative article. I noticed while camping once that ants were attracted to wherever I went to take a leak. (Sorry for the over-share;) It worried me a bit, since in my mind I thought that it had to be sugar in my urine. I ended up getting a blood and urine test, but all was totally A-Ok. I still don't know what it was, the doctor didn't offer any other suggestions. She just said its probably nothing and sent me for the test. (So helpful, lol). It still happens from time to time, but I've noticed that it is usually when I have been inactive i.e. Not exercising. Exercise can be such a great cure-all, I guess that it was burning up any excess sugar. Anyway, I enjoyed your article, Thankyou.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      7 years ago from San Diego, California

      John, that's good advice. Panic is usually not a good solution for anything.

      Crysolite, thanks very much for stopping by!

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      Emma 

      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice information on the dangers of detecting sugar in urine because so many people doesn't know that sugar in urine is a big disease that needs urgent attention before it gets out of hand,thanks for this info.

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      John 

      7 years ago

      For the type of work i do everytime i change company i need to have a medical! The very first one back in 08, my urine test came back with sugar in it, they were quite concerned! Since then, every other test ive done has been fine! The doctor at the time told me, sometimes it means nothing, the human body is an amazing thing, and on that day for some unknown reason sugar got into my urine! So if you have a test and theres sugar in your urine, don't panic immediately, as it could just be a random one off, like mine was. Otherwise, stay healthy.

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      7 years ago from San Diego, California

      Yeah, that's brutal. Don't know how they could have made that mistake. There was obviously something wrong with the test, or else the nurse practitioner just completely misread it. Either way, you guys shouldn't be held accountable for the bill.

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      Jay 

      7 years ago

      My young daughter was given a urine test to see if she had a bladder infection. Nurse-pract came back alarmed, saying the sugar was over 1000! Daughter looked fine, not thirsty, no history. Well, until she heard this, then she was crying!

      NP rushed us to far off emergency room, 2 hours away. We went. They did not find *any* sugar in urine and blood was normal, too! Said she was slightly dehydrated. (When she could have had a drink to remedy this, they gave her an IV.) We are now paying for this fiasco out of our own pocket. All I wanted was a strep test. She didn't have a bladder infection, history of bladder infection or any reason for me to think she had one in the first place.

      Why would any doctors office make this mistake? How could they think she really had a reading of 1000? Obviously there was something wrong about the test.

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      Benji Mester 

      7 years ago from San Diego, California

      In what way?

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      S.K. Mishra 

      7 years ago

      plz advised me

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      7 years ago from San Diego, California

      I'm sorry to hear that.

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      Mehreen Farzal 

      7 years ago

      Sadly my dad has got Diabetes that life ..

    • Benjimester profile imageAUTHOR

      Benji Mester 

      7 years ago from San Diego, California

      That's sad to hear. Diabetes really is no joke like you said. Catching things like sugar in urine is an important early warning sign.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Important information. Diabetes in no joke. It is important to have a physical once a year to make sure things are in order. I had to family members die of diabetes in one year. They were only in their 50's.

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