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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?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Diabetes is possible

Thirst, increased urination, increased appetite are symptoms of diabetes.
The diagnosis of diabetes is more likely if you have risk factors: family history, overweight, not active, eat poorly ... You can see your physician and order fasting blood sugars and if >125 diabetes is diagnosed. 'pre-diabetes' is a fasting blood sugar between 100-125 and many people fall into that group.

In brief: Diabetes is possible

Thirst, increased urination, increased appetite are symptoms of diabetes.
The diagnosis of diabetes is more likely if you have risk factors: family history, overweight, not active, eat poorly ... You can see your physician and order fasting blood sugars and if >125 diabetes is diagnosed. 'pre-diabetes' is a fasting blood sugar between 100-125 and many people fall into that group.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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