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Can medical illness cause temporary symptoms of overactive bladder?

Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Medicine
Several medical conditions can produce overactive bladder symptoms. Diabetes and multiple sclerosis can damage nerves and lead to urinary tract problems. If you do not manage your diabetes, you can get sugar in your urine and that causes more urine to be produced. Parkinson's disease can also damage parts of the brain that help to control the bladder, so your bladder may stop working properly.  Also, blood vessel diseases such as high blood pressure may increase your risk of overactive bladder.

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