Sugar In Urine

Welcome to a site created to help those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years you will find something new here.

Family members and Caretakers of patients with diabetes will also find this information useful and give them a better understanding of diabetes. Now let’s look at one of the most common symptoms of diabetes or pre-diabetes sugar in the urine.

What does sugar in your urine mean?

Most people don’t realize that there is always a bit of sugar in our urine and this is okay, it’s when there is a large amount of sugar that it when the problems begin. Our blood is filtered through the kidneys this is where all the toxic and unwanted substances in our blood gets turned into the fluid that becomes urine.

Usually our body can reabsorb the sugar from the fluid when the amount of sugar is normal, however when there is excess sugar not all of it is reabsorbed and the rest stays in the fluid and becomes urine.

Since high amounts of sugar in the blood is usually associated with diabetes this is why sugar in urine is a common symptom of diabetes.

Let’s look at how someone might identify sugar in their urine. There are urine dipsticks one may use to dip in their urine. This form of testing can be done at home and most pharmacies sell urine dipsticks that can be bought over the counter. Urine tests may also be done with a healthcare provider.

Glucose Urine Dipsticks


Check out this video of a glucose urine dipstick being used:

If the amount of sugar in the blood is really high you may also notice a few things about your urine that is not normal. You may notice your urine is sticky and there might also be what looks like very tiny crystals.

Common Causes

Having sugar in your urine can be cause by some of the following reason:



If the cause of sugar in urine is due to high blood sugar, this can be a potential life threatening complication. Since it can be caused by diabetes, not seeking treatment can lead to serious complications and problems. Seeking help can reduce the risk of complications such as,

-Cardiovascular disease and other complications
-Kidney Failure and kidney damage
-Decreased vision or loss of vision
-Nerve damage especially in the hands and feet.