I've been noticing that as of late, sometimes during the day my urine tends to be a darker yellow, almost a brown colour. This tends to happen on the same days when my blood sugars are high. Is this a correlation?
There are many causes to urine changing color. Usually diabetic urinate so often it does not have time to become concentrated to change color. A change of color can be other health issues such as liver or kidneys or even blood. But most often it is a sign of DEHYDRATION. Try drinking more fluids and see if the urine returns to normal color, best to drink water. Urine infections can also cause changes in urine color and hence the blood which would turn urine a little brown.
So if you have frequent urination and is still dark color you might want to consult, but if your urine is too concentrated from dehydration it should improve with increasing fluids.
If you have other symptoms such as pain or burning feeling while you pass urine then it could be stones or infections (which both can cause a bit of bleeding from irritation. If otherwise you are feeling well but are dehydrated go ahead an drink more water for a day or 2 and if nothing changes or othewr symptoms arrise then go consult.
I cannot see where you live right now, but if it is very hot and you have been sweating more then usual it can most likely be dehydration, we lose fluids not only through urine when we dehydrate, it can be through sweat, and even breathing we lose a lot of humidity through breathing (which is why mirrors tend to fog up when you breathe on them), you can also lose fluids through bowel movements or a even a gastro or diarrhea can dehydrate you.
So unless there are other worrying symptoms try drinking more fluids and see if it helps, can take a few hours to 1 or 2 days to rehydrate properly. Diabetics are usually always thristy from high sugar levels and urine does not change color, we urinate too often for it to change color, it is other causes doing this or dehydration.
Another thought.. b vitamins can also discolor you urine.Usually with regards to the yellow color..the brown color would have me concerned if it continues.
Thanks for the info. I've been trying to drink more water and it seems on those days the colour is not so bad.
Great clinical comment Johanne 😉
Nurse's were always the heart and soul for any of my hospital visits. 💕
Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are a wonderful resource.😉