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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

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...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 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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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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Waking up thirsty, tingling sensations in legs, scalp.No increased urination, increased thirst during the day. A little tired. Could this be diabetes?

Waking up thirsty, tingling sensations in legs, scalp.No increased urination, increased thirst during the day. A little tired. Could this be diabetes?

Diabetes?: Your symptoms could be almost anything including diabetes. You must get to your doctor as soon as possible. If your doctor cannot fit you in now, please go to the nearest Emergency facility. (Have someone drive you). ...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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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