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What could cause confusion and urinary incontinence in an elderly with diabetes?

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Dr. Noble Zachariah

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :1974

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Posted on Tue, 20 Nov 2018 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: My Mother is 94+ . Is diabetic and takes Starlix twice a day. For the past 2 weeks she has been confused and in pain and sleeping for long periods during the day. During the past 4 or 5 days she has had no bladder control and literally is passing volumes of urine all day and night. My sister with the medical power of attorney took her to Urgent Care and the diagnosis was UTI. I believe her sugar is high. She had these exact symptoms a few months ago.
Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah 15 minutes later
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Detailed Answer:


Welcome and thanks for your query.

There are several possibilities for confusion and urine incontinence.

If the UTI was diagnosed with pus cells in the urine examination, it can be the cause. The infection can raise the blood sugar and also high blood sugar increases the chance of UTI.

It is very easy to diagnose high blood sugar by a simple blood sugar examination.

Another reason for confusion in the elderly is low blood sodium (hyponatremia).

Hope I have answered your question.


Dr. Noble Zachariah,
Internal Medicine Specialist
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