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What does it mean to have excessive thirst? 8 cups a day?

What does it mean to have excessive thirst? 8 cups a day?

Thirst: There are many causes for excessive thirst. The obvious is diabetes mellitus but there are other causes: diabetes insipidus, 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. Jeffrey Wint
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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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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 don't have excessive thirst but i keep peeing like 3-5 times a day but i don't pee during the night or i don't wake up to pee...? It's weird

I don't have excessive thirst but i keep peeing like 3-5 times a day but i don't pee during the night or i don't wake up to pee...?  It's weird

Not unusual: Depending how much you have had to drink it is not uncommon to pee several times a day, especially if you drink caffeine. If you are not excessively thirsty and you are not having to wake up multiple times during the night to pee, you are probably fine. ...Read more

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I have HkPP & hypoglycemia. But I have excessive thirst & urination. I need water by my side up to 2 gallons a day. Secondary psychogenic polydipsia??

I have HkPP & hypoglycemia. But I have excessive thirst & urination. I need water by my side up to 2 gallons a day. Secondary psychogenic polydipsia??

Possibly but largely: unfamiliar territory for the vast majority of physicians, including myself, because HkPP is so rare. While thirst, voiding & body control are under brain control 24/7, the mechanisms remain poorly understood & many theories long promoted which do not fit many clinical situations. Thus whether more psychological vs. neurological remains a largely inseparable distinction unless can test some way ...Read more

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What might excessive thirst be a sign of?

What might excessive thirst be a sign of?

You are dry!: Thirst is the body's way of telling you that more water is needed! not soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, caffeine or alcohol. All of these fluids actually make you more thirsty. Excess salt intake can also cause heightened thirst. Metabolically, certain patho-physiologic processes like diabetes can cause excess thirst. But eliminate the common causes first! ...Read more

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What can cause excessive thirst and going the toliet freqently?

What can cause excessive thirst and going the toliet freqently?

See the Doctor: Those symptoms could be related to diabetes mellitus or diabetes insipid us. A blood sugar level and urinalysis will point the way to the answer. ...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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Could hormone imbalances be cause excessive thirst?

Could hormone imbalances be cause excessive thirst?

Yes: There are many possible causes. If it is accmpanied by great hunger and large amounts of urine, one would suspect diabetes and test approprriately to be sure. ...Read more

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What causes the excessive thirst and high blood sugar?

What causes the excessive thirst and high blood sugar?

Diabetes: As blood sugar rises, the sugar becomes a diuretic once exceeding the kidney threshold of about 180 mg/dl. The more one voids, the thirstier one gets as the large amounts of urine excreted cause dehydration. ...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. Andrew Seibert
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Severe Thirst (Definition)

Severe thirst is a symptom in which a person has a great urge to drink more fluids. Causes include diabetes, excessive salt intake, significant blood loss, dehydration (loss of body fluid, such as ...Read more