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Is extra thirst enough to worry about without any other symptoms?

By Anonymous June 14, 2009 - 6:30am
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I'm wondering when extra thirst is enough to ask a doctor about. How much can be attributed to the fact that it's summer and it's just plain hot? I seem to be thirsty all the time right now. I have cut down my diet drinks to one a day (and i don't like coffee so I don't drink it) but I seem to be wanting to drink water almost all the time. I know because of a friend's family history that thirst can be related to diabetes but I don't know how much or if there would be other symptoms.

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Can you tell us the answers to these questions:
- How much water are you currently drinking?
- Do you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (that also contain water)?
- How much do you exercise and/or are you physically active?

It is important to sip water throughout the day, and not just when you are thirsty. Physically active individuals need even more water than their sedentary counterparts, so knowing how much water you currently consume, as well as your current physical activity level, can also provide information as to if you are drinking enough water throughout the day.

June 14, 2009 - 12:08pm
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Thank you for your question. Excess thirst is common to diabetes, yes. There are many other conditions that cause excess thirst though.

Discovery Health has some information on their site about excessive thirst.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
There are many possible causes for excessive thirst. These include: increased exercise, which can increase the body's water requirements dehydration. This occur from any of a number of causes including diarrhea, infection, hot weather, vomiting, or the use of medications called diuretics that eliminate fluid from the body. hormone imbalances. These may include a high level of thyroid hormone, a condition called hyperthyroidism, or a high level of adrenal hormones, called hyperadrenalism. hypernatremia, which is a high level of sodium in the body uncontrolled diabetes. This is a condition that causes an increase in blood sugar levels, triggering excessive thirst. diabetes insipidus. Diabetes insipidus is a disease that causes people to urinate excessively and results in dehydration. certain drugs or medications. The use of antihistamines, marijuana, caffeine, or alcohol can cause this condition. psychogenic polydipsia, which is a psychiatric condition that causes a person to feel thirsty for no apparent reason damage to an area of the brain called the hypothalamus. This is rare.
t and below is the information from their site.

You should certainly consult your physician about this condition since there are many underlining reasons that cause this condition. Please keep us updated.

Here are some links that may help you.

Discovery Health http://health.discovery.com/encyclopedias/illnesses.html?article=3240

Wrong Diagnosis http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/thirst.htm

Health Line http://www.healthline.com/adamcontent/thirst-excessive

June 14, 2009 - 9:05am
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