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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Increased Thirst

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Increased Thirst (Definition)

Drinking lots of water is usually healthy. However, the urge to drink too much may be the result of a physical or emotional disease. Excessive thirst may be a symptom of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). It can be an important clue in detecting diabetes. Excessive thirst is a fairly common symptom. It is often the reaction to fluid loss during exercise, or ...Read more


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What causes increased thirst at night?

What causes increased thirst at night?

Thirst at night: The most common cause is blockage of your nasal passages (i.e., allergies) which force you to breath through your mouth, which is a really dehydrating experience. Other causes include uncontrolled diabetes where the high sugar levels draw fluid out of your system. Diuretics can do the same thing. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of excessively increased thirst? Had diabetes since two years but now is under complete control. GTT is normal.

What can be the cause of excessively increased thirst? Had diabetes since two years but now is under complete control. GTT is normal.

Most common cause: would be elevated blood sugar even though you think it is under "control". There are other physical and psychological causes that your doctor could evaluate. ...Read more

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What could cause a sudden increased thirst and urination?

What could cause a sudden increased thirst and urination?

Here are some...: A 'sudden" something to our body, understandably, results from sudden impact to nerve system - notably sympathetic, at fear/fright/flight chain, or drug effect (alcohol, anticholinergics, antidepressants, antihistamins, etc.), or brisk water loss (poor-controlled diabetes, vigorous exercise /perspiration, high-output kidney failure, etc.). So, screen these possibilities and ask Doc timely. Best... ...Read more

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What causes sudden constant increased thirst? Blood sugar is normal.

What causes sudden constant increased thirst? Blood sugar is normal.

See below: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. You may consult this site to see if any of the issues describe here apply. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003085.htm ...Read more

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What are other health conditions that can caused increased thirst and urination besides diabetes?

What are other health conditions that can caused increased thirst and urination besides diabetes?

DI: Diabetes insipidus prevents the kidney from holding on to water, but this is rare. A water deprivation test may be necessary to rule out if it's being considered a possible dx. Urine is always dilute in di. However, increased frequency of urination is not the same as increase in urine volume, leading to much urination. Some people just drink a lot of fluid out of habit and void a lot. ...Read more

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I have Hypokalemic period parlaysis. Taking 120-140 meq of K can this cause increased urination and thirst?

I have Hypokalemic period parlaysis. Taking 120-140 meq of K can this cause increased urination and thirst?

Hypokalemia: The increased urination and thirst may be related to your glucose levels. Fluctuations in glucose can affect your K. Are you diabetic? You should be under medical care until your electrolyte and glucose levels are normal. Good luck ...Read more

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Increased thirst but definitively not diabetes. What else causes thirst?

Increased thirst but definitively not diabetes. What else causes thirst?

Many: Aside from diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus can also cause thirst. Other causes: anxiety, medication side effects, stress, dehydration, thyroid disease, high calcium concentration in blood, high aldosterone level, head injury, brain lesion, too much cortisol in the body, too much growth hormone in the body... ...Read more