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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Polyphagia (Overview)

In medicine, polyphagia (sometimes known as hyperphagia) is a medical sign meaning excessive hunger and abnormally large intake of solids by mouth. Disorders such as diabetes, kleine-levin syndrome (a malfunction in the hypothalamus), the genetic disorders prader-willi syndrome and bardet biedl syndrome can cause hyperphagia (compulsive hunger).


Dr. Gary Sandler
19 doctors shared insights

Polyphagia (Overview)

In medicine, polyphagia (sometimes known as hyperphagia) is a medical sign meaning excessive hunger and abnormally large intake of solids by mouth. Disorders such as diabetes, kleine-levin syndrome (a malfunction in the hypothalamus), the genetic disorders prader-willi syndrome and bardet biedl syndrome can cause hyperphagia (compulsive hunger).


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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: polyphagia?

See below: In medicine, polyphagia (sometimes known as hyperphagia) is a medical sign meaning excessive hunger and abnormally large intake of solids by mouth. Disorders such as diabetes, kleine-levin syndrome (a malfunction in the hypothalamus), the genetic disorders prader-willi syndrome and bardet biedl syndrome can cause hyperphagia (compulsive hunger). ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with polyphagia?

It Depends: Polyphagia essentially means excessive eating because of increased appetite. There are usually 2 main reasons a pediatric endocrinologist is asked to see a patient with polyphagia: 1) when the excessive caloric intake causes excessive weight gain, or, 2) when a patient loses weight despite the increase in caloric intake. ...Read more

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Are diabetics more likely to experience excessive eating and polyphagia?

Are diabetics more likely to experience excessive eating and polyphagia?

Yes, if...diabetes: poorly controlled. think of it like this: though sugar high in blood, its not getting into cells; cells can communicate to brain that they are 'starving' -brain increases your hunger, and you eat more. ...Read more