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How frequently should a man urinate daily?

Asked by Brian, Canada

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I am a 51-year-old male, and I was wondering what is considered a normal amount of times to urinate in a day?

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Living Well Expert Dr. Jennifer Shu Pediatrician,
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Thanks for your question. In general, most adults urinate about once every two to four hours when awake, for a total of about six to eight times in a 24-hour period.

The frequency of urination can depend on many factors, such as the amount of fluid one drinks, body size, hydration level, fluid losses from exercise or other activity, medical conditions (such as urinary tract infection, pregnancy, enlarged prostate, diabetes, etc.), and medications.

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According to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, adults typically produce about 1½ quarts (about 1.4 liters) of urine daily, with the bulk of production occurring in the daytime. However, this amount can range greatly, from just under a quart to half a gallon (800 milliliters to 2 liters) daily.

If you are concerned that the amount or frequency that you urinate might be abnormal, be sure to consult with your physician.

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