When one thinks of diabetes, chances are a few symptoms come to mind - numb toes and fingers, blood sugar spikes, and increased thirst. One symptom that may not immediately come to mind is urinary incontinence. We’re talking about the accidental leaks that occur when you laugh, cough, bend over, or put slight pressure on the urinary tract. This kind of incontinence is called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and affects somewhere between 25 and 30% of women in the US. While common, especially in older women, SUI is not a normal part of aging. There could be several reasons you’re experiencing leaks - surgery, having given vaginal birth, smoking, and obesity are all risk factors. But they are all linked to the common cause of bladder leaks in stress incontinence which is the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and surrounding tissue and nerves.