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I have been very thirsty lately. I drink a lot of water, but all that quenches my thirst is flavored beverages. Could this be diabetes?

I have been very thirsty lately. I drink a lot of water, but all that quenches my thirst is flavored beverages. Could this be diabetes?

Maybe: The term to describe this is polydipsia. It's usually a symptom of something else. Both type of diabetes can cause polydipsia (diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus). There are other causes for polydipsia as well. If this continues, see you doctor for a blood test to confirm/refute the diagnosis and find out what exactly is wrong. ...Read more

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Which diabetes symptoms is there except thirst and having to go the bathroom a lot?

Which diabetes symptoms is there except thirst and having to go the bathroom a lot?

There may be none: People who develop type 2 diabetes will often already have it and not know it until they get symptoms. However, the cardinal symptoms are feeling thirsty all the time and having to make a lot of urine, even in the middle of the night. ...Read more

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Is frequent thirst of water a necessary symptom of diabetes? Could you have diabetes even if you don't have that symptom?

Is frequent thirst of water a necessary symptom of diabetes? Could you have diabetes even if you don't have that symptom?

Yes: Many people with diabetes have no symptoms at all. Symptoms related to diabetes occur when sugars are very high (over 200 mg/dl). As sugars go high, more sugar goes out in the urine causing increased urination. As you urinate more you get thirsty and drink more. But if sugars are under 200 you may have no symptoms and yet those high sugars can cause long term problems. ...Read more

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27old. I suspct ihav diabetes as havin recurrnt vaginalyeast infctns. But don't hav typical diabetes symptms lik xtrme thirst/hunger. Do I stil hav diabet?

27old. I suspct ihav diabetes as havin recurrnt vaginalyeast infctns. But don't hav typical diabetes symptms lik xtrme thirst/hunger. Do I stil hav diabet?

Not sure: The risk of you having diabetes is low but the only way to know is to get a blood test to check. Some people with diabetes might have no symptoms and most people with vaginal infection do not have diabetes. ...Read more

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How can diabetes cause neuropathy and extreme thirst?

How can diabetes cause neuropathy and extreme thirst?

High glucose: The high blood glucose directly damages nerves, bit by bit, over time, causing the neuropathy. The high blood sugar also causes you to urinate a lot because glucose gets dumped into the urine. This will dehydrate you and cause a lot of thirst. ...Read more

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Could decreased thirst be a sign of diabetes in a two year old?

Could decreased thirst be a sign of diabetes in a two year old?

No: If anything the untreated new diabetic has a continuous thirst that is almost impossible to satisfy. ...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

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Worried I might have diabetes, checked 5 months ago and didn't have it, I checked beacause of thirst but it was aniety. But im thirsty alot again.

Worried I might have diabetes, checked 5 months ago and didn't have it, I checked beacause of thirst but it was aniety. But im thirsty alot again.

You may have: Developed a phobia (irrational fear) that you have a health condition like diabetes. Please follow whatever check up schedule your doc suggests to you and he/she will keep an eye on your blood sugar. Also consider seeing a clinical psychologist for treatment for anxiety. Peace and good health. Of course, if other symptoms develop please see your doc at once. ...Read more

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Little sister has lost weight since starting kindergarten. She also wet her bed two night in the past week. She doesn't have thirst, Is this diabetes?

Little sister has lost weight since starting kindergarten. She also wet her bed two night in the past week. She doesn't have thirst, Is this diabetes?

School wt loss.: Little sister (of unknown age or medical Hx) has lost weight since starting kindergarten. She also wet her bed two night in the past week. She doesn't have thirst, Is this diabetes? ANS: Most likely stress of staring school but easy to have blood and urine glucose testing if continues. Call her Dr. ...Read more

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Can you have diabetes without experiencing excessive thirst?

Can you have diabetes without experiencing excessive thirst?

Yes: Excessive thirst and urination usually appear when your blood sugar on the average has been above 200 all the time. You do not need to wait until the classic symptoms appear to intervine, it might take you years to do so and you might already have the complications at that time. ...Read more

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What causes thirst and frequent urination at night? Tested negative for diabetes

What causes thirst and frequent urination at night? Tested negative for diabetes

THIRST NOCTURIA: 1. You are drinking too much water or fluid at night?
2. Your npituitary is not making enough ADH (vasopressin).
3. Your blood K is low.
4. You have early heart failure.
5. A number of other things.

I specialize in this so can get second opinion from me. ...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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5 year old sister started full time school, since than she lost weight& wet her bed 2 times this week. She doesn't have thirst. Is this diabetes?

5 year old sister started full time school, since than she lost weight& wet her bed 2 times this week. She doesn't have thirst. Is this diabetes?

Bed wetting: After not doing so can be a sign of stress, perhaps related to just starting school. Please get her checked out by your doctor and then, if it does not resolve, she can see a child psychologist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I feel my thirst increased and my mouth is always dry when I wake up. Is it diabetes?

I feel my thirst increased and my mouth is always dry when I wake up. Is it diabetes?

Maybe, maybe not: A blood test could tell you if it's diabetes. But it could just be dry mouth from mouth breathing during sleep. Some meds can cause dry mouth too. ...Read more

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Are there other things other than diabetes and drought that could cause excessive thirst?

Are there other things other than diabetes and drought that could cause excessive thirst?

Yes there are: You can have excessive thirst in condition called polychogenic polydypsia, is excessive water intake in some patients with psychiatric illness like schizophrenia, and it can case medical emergency as blood sodium level falls low.
Other cause is diabetes insipidus, where there is excessive thirst and excessive urine volume. ...Read more

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I've been told to get tested for diabetes due to my extreme thirst, frequent urination, and sudden exhaustion. Should I be tested for other illnesses?

I've been told to get tested for diabetes due to my extreme thirst, frequent urination, and sudden exhaustion. Should I be tested for other illnesses?

Yes: You need complete work up with labs for electrolyte disturbances, thyroid, vitamin d, lipids, cholesterol, eye exam, ekg, complete blood work, blood pressure, hemoglobin a1c, body weight, height, body mass index, urine micro albumin, fasting glucose, liver enzymes. Rare diseases that present with similar symptoms are pancreatic disease, or pituitary disease. ...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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Diabetes in partents, ill get it soon. Does excessive thirst mean that you crave it all the time or does it just mean that you drink a lot?

Diabetes in partents, ill get it soon. Does excessive thirst mean that you crave it all the time or does it just mean that you drink a lot?

Get tested for DM: Diabetes mellitus is a condition defined by high blood sugars. When blood sugar levels routinely exceed 180 mg/dl, then the kidney loses sugar in the urine, which in turn draws out excessive fluid into the urine. This makes a person empty the bladder often, frequently producing sugary urine. Excessive urination then leads to dehydration, which leads to excessive thirst. These are signs of diabetes. ...Read more

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I get episodes of unquenchable thirst. I have had a previous diabetes test. Drink lots of water and end up feeling sick and still thirsty what could be?

I get episodes of unquenchable thirst. I have had a previous diabetes test. Drink lots of water and end up feeling sick and still thirsty what could be?

Evaluation: People with psychogenic polydipsia could have such symptoms. The excessive water could cause serious hyponatremia. Talk to your md/ psychiatriast. ...Read more

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Just miscarried experiencing dry mouth and thirst prior to MC. Don't have diabetes was tested came up negative. Is it normal?

Just miscarried experiencing dry mouth and thirst prior to MC. Don't have diabetes was tested came up negative. Is it normal?

Probably: Dry mouth and increased thirst as well as increased urination are symptoms of diabetes and diabetes can increase the risk of miscarriage but if the testing for diabetes was negative there shouldn't be anything else to worry about. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Heart pounds & feel extremely tired after eating sugary foods. Lying down helps. No other diabetes symptoms (such as more thirst). Is this normal?

Heart pounds & feel extremely tired after eating sugary foods. Lying down helps. No other diabetes symptoms (such as more thirst). Is this normal?

Can't tell without: More information- like sugar number when gets symptoms- can check sugars with home glucose monitor bought in pharmacies. ...Read more

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I have excessive thirst and have to urinate a lot. It often wakes me in the night with my underwear half wet. I was tested for diabetes very recently.

See a doctor: Having excessive thirst and urination that wakes you at night along with bed-wetting can be a sign of many different problems. Being tested for diabetes is only piece of the evaluation that should be done. You should go see a doctor to discuss this issue in more detail. Other possibilities include a side-effect of your medications, psychiatric disease, diabetes insipidus, and many others. ...Read more