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Paleo and Adult Bedwetting??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 07, 2013 at 9:01 PM

I recently started the paleo diet (1 month ago). I feel great and my athletic performance has improved too. Before this, I ate a high carb vegan diet then a moderate carb Mediterranean type diet. I grew up dealing with bedwetting all the way until age 20, then it went away. This month it has started occurring again (3 incidents last week). Could this be related to my diet change? I remember reading somewhere that carbs cause water retention, so I'm wondering if it might have to do with that? FYI i am 22, active, healthy weight. Obviously im hoping to resolve this since i am a married adult, not a toddler. Thanks!

2f992ba31f9b8fe3438aca2928cf3fe9

on January 08, 2013
at 06:42 AM

Thank you! I'm going to do some reading on CBL. I eat a pretty high fat diet, mostly coconut oil, avocados, fatty fish, etc. I've been following a meal plan out of Practical Paleo.

2f992ba31f9b8fe3438aca2928cf3fe9

on January 08, 2013
at 06:39 AM

The diet change has been a big shift, but we are also moving this weekend so I may be stressed even though I don't feel stressed. We are also trying to conceive so I suppose there is a lot of pressure in my life currently!

2f992ba31f9b8fe3438aca2928cf3fe9

on January 08, 2013
at 06:35 AM

Thanks everyone for your responses. Growing up I visited the doctor numerous times- had ultrasounds done and organs are normal. As a teen my doctor prescribed a drug to increase the anti-diuretic hormone. It was only partly effective. When I stopped the meds, I started using an alarm system which helped significantly. The issue resolved itself after I got married. I do bikram yoga so I drink an ocean of water every day, ill have to experiment with drinking in evenings. I've read that eating carbs before bed can interfere with human growth hormone but ill try anything. Thanks!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 07, 2013
at 11:43 PM

+ 1 for "peepee trifecta"

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 07, 2013
at 11:09 PM

Hence the name, carboHYDRATEs.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 07, 2013
at 10:57 PM

Makes perfect sense, especially if you are doing low carb, low salt, moderate to high protein, as all three of those things on their own will make you pee more, and together you have the peepee trifecta.

This is what I would do:

Try a higher fat/lower protein (no more than 20-25% of calories) diet

Add starchy root vegetables to your meals

Salt your food to taste and drink mineral water

If things don't resolve in a week or two doing that, definitely consult a urologist.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on January 07, 2013
at 11:43 PM

+ 1 for "peepee trifecta"

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on January 07, 2013
at 10:20 PM

This has been an issue for a close male, family friend who has shared his progress with bed wetting as an adult well into his 30's. After seeing a urologist and making sure there weren't bladder issues, he worked on stress levels. When he was really stressed in life, the incidents increased. Since you have had years where it did not occur, I would think that physically, you would be fine unless you have an infection? What about your life stress levels? Have you experienced a life changing event besides going paleo? Was the last week or the time leading up to it stressful?

2f992ba31f9b8fe3438aca2928cf3fe9

on January 08, 2013
at 06:39 AM

The diet change has been a big shift, but we are also moving this weekend so I may be stressed even though I don't feel stressed. We are also trying to conceive so I suppose there is a lot of pressure in my life currently!

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383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on January 07, 2013
at 09:15 PM

could be low antidiuretic hormone or a small bladder. get it checked out

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4523f952f67fa6485efeac2c9ea810cf

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on January 07, 2013
at 09:13 PM

Whenever I eat a lot of carbs and then go low carb for a day or two I have to pee a lot...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 07, 2013
at 11:09 PM

Hence the name, carboHYDRATEs.

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on January 07, 2013
at 11:41 PM

I have to get up and pee on paleo but not on a higher carb diet. Try eating less protein and more carbs at night.

My son had problems at night too. It is linked with deeper sleep and a poor waking response to a full bladder. He used a training method that teaches your body to wake when your bladder is full. It was very successful with him. Here is a link to the website: http://bedwet.net.nz/About+Bedwetting.html

He used this alarm: http://bedwet.net.nz/shop/Buy+Bedwetting+Alarm/Enutrain+Remote+Sensor+Alarm.html

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on January 07, 2013
at 11:21 PM

  1. carboHYDRATES are inherently hydrating. So, whenever you eat fewer carbs, you will urinate more often.
  2. Your sodium-pottassium pump regulation will dictate the amount of water entering and exiting cells, and also your urination rate.

Considering these two points, something like carb-backloading may be beneficial to you. Carb backloading just means eating the majority of your carbohdyrate calories (potatoes and sweet potatoes usually) at night. This is a yet unexplored benefit of CBL. Doing this will help prevent overnight dehydration, and also ensure a sleep uninterrupted by bathroom breaks (night time bathroom breaks were a high risk situation for our paleolithic ancestors). So, CBL has a survival benefit!

Now, the most common way (that I know of) for you sodium-potassium pump to be irregular is an eating disorder. Luckily, once you heal the disorder, it is fairly swift to re-regulate itself (in a matter of weeks-to-months once stabilized). However, I also think it can become messed up simply by eating too little fat. Fat is also necessary to regulate water influx both in and out of cells, so make sure you're getting enough fat in your diet.

Hope that gives you some things to tinker with. Good luck.

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on January 07, 2013
at 09:15 PM

i will say that the less carbohydrate i eat, the more i need to pee. seems to be a direct relationship for me, i'm not sure if it effects everyone the same way. good luck!

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on January 07, 2013
at 09:36 PM

When I was eating the SAD it seemed like I never had the need to go very often, which was good as I was working as a pharmacist in a busy pharmacy. When I cut my carbs significantly since then it sure seemed like I needed to visit the restroom more. Every gram of carbs holds on to about 4 grams of H2O, so less carbs means water has no place to hang on to and out it must go.

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