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Why is there a black ring around my toilet bowl? Dealing with toilet stains and mold resulting from diabetes

Should mold in your toilet worry you? Not as much as you think.

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Have you ever noticed that after a couple of days, your toilet starts to develop a black ring of mold that appears near the waterline of your toilet?

As you’re scrubbing it off, you’re probably like “why is this happening?”

I hate to break it to you, but it’s probably your pee.

This kind of toilet stain is actually common, even though it’s a little bit weird and frustrating.

If you are dealing with toilet stains resulting from diabetes and have been struggling to deal with it, then you are in the right place.

I have diabetes, What's that black ring in my toilet?

Understand the black ring around the toilet for people with diabetes

People with diabetes can produce a large amount of glucose in their urine.

In the past, I’ve talked about how testing for diabetes was not through fingersticks and continuous glucose monitors as we know them today, but from drinking urine and determining its level of sweetness.

When urine with concentrated levels of glucose comes in contact with the toilet bowl, it can result in a dark and sticky stain that is difficult to remove.

This type of mold can be found on the bottom of the toilet bowl or around the waterline.

Although these stains are not harmful to your toilet bowl, they can be a signal that your blood sugar levels may be elevated.

Does mold in my toilet mean I have diabetes?

While it’s true that people with diabetes tend to have more sugar in their urine which can contribute to more frequent toilet mold, the presence of toilet mold doesn’t automatically indicate diabetes.

Mold can grow in toilets for a multitude of reasons including humidity, residue of cleaning chemicals, and infrequent cleaning.

If you’re noticing a persistently high frequency of mold despite regular cleaning, it could be a good idea to consult a healthcare professional for advice.

However, mold in your toilet alone is not a definitive sign of diabetes. Always rely on medical tests and the advice of healthcare professionals for an accurate diagnosis.

Effective ways to deal with black toilet rings

Cleaning toilet stains resulting from diabetes can be tricky, but not impossible. It is important to clean the toilet bowl regularly and use a special cleaner for stubborn stains.

Consider using a cleaner product containing bleach which can eliminate the bacteria and urine stains.

Additionally, a separate mixture of dish soap and vinegar can help break down chemical build-up and leave the bowl looking clean and shiny.

Balancing blood sugars will also reduce black toilet mold.

Eating a balanced and healthy diet is important for people with diabetes.

Basing your diet on lean proteins, whole-grains, and fiber-rich foods can help you manage blood sugar levels.

Additionally, adding exercise and mindfulness into your routine can help to bring your blood sugars back to target ranges.

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To sum it up:

Toilet stains resulting from diabetes, whilst common, can be a source of frustration, but aren’t a huge cause for concern, and certainly not a definite indication that you have diabetes.

However, by understanding the root cause of these stains and taking some preventative measures, they can be managed and eliminated.

By taking the steps outlined in this article, you can successfully maintain a clean toilet, therefore reducing your chances of developing molds, stains, and viruses

Focus on nourishing your body with healthy and balanced meals, getting movement, and taking care of your mental health. to prevent or delay diabetes complications.

Remember, it is always important and highly recommended that you work actively with your healthcare provider to get a better understanding of your medical condition and the best ways to handle it.

About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m earning my Master’s degree in Applied nutrition.

I’m a journalist and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen, and teaching you about diabetes self-management.

I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create simple, blood-sugar friendly and delicious meals and tips on diabetes self-care.

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    1. Sugar in urine causes mold, which can stick to porcelain. May be hard to believe, but here I am telling you!

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