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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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Increased Thirst (Overview)

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 to eating salty foods.


Dr. Colin Kerr
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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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Increased Thirst (Overview)

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 to eating salty foods.


Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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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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Dr. Robert Greer
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Increased thirst and urgency to urinate? How can I avoid leaking?

Increased thirst and urgency to urinate? How can I avoid leaking?

Look for diabetes: Please find out if you have diabetes.A simple test can look for this disease that has profound ramifications if undetected. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin Kerr
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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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Dr. Hanford Yau
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I have had no appetite for 5 days and within the two days have increased thirst. What could this be?

I have had no appetite for 5 days and within the two days have increased thirst. What could this be?

Many causes: Your symptoms could be due to numerous disease process but as an endocrinologist, I would advise you to get checked out by a doctor or other professional medical provider and make sure you do not have undiagnosed diabetes. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sneid
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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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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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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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Dr. Robert Greer
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Should I be worried about my increased thirst or is it just my snacking too often?

Should I be worried about my increased thirst or is it just my snacking too often?

Yes;be worried: A cardinal sign of diabetes mellitus, an epidemic illness in our society, is increased thirst.Please get tested for dm.I recommend a hba1c as a random blood sugar can miss this disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Georgia Latham
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Is it normal to have developed an increased thirst that lasts until now 1 week after colonoscopy?

Is it normal to have developed an increased thirst that lasts until now 1 week after colonoscopy?

Not uncommon: The prep for colonoscopy can result in dehydration due to the loss of fluids through the stools. Increasing your water and fluid intake should help resolve this symptom. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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What to do if I have an increased thirst and weight gain?

What to do if I have an increased thirst and weight gain?

Thirst and weight: What you do is go to your doctor and explain your condition. You will asked a number of questions, you will be examined and management advice given. Your doctor might also refer you to a specialist but let's do one thing at a time. ...Read more

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