Excessive Thirst is a Sign of Diabetes Mellitus

October 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Diabetes Information

Becoming thirsty is our body’s way of telling us that the balance of fluids in our body is off and needs to be replenished. When this happens the brain will signal thirst.

Excessive thirst can be a symptom of diabetes mellitus. Excessive sugar builds in the blood and the kidneys work extra hard to filter and absorb this excess. If the kidneys are unable to maintain their function properly, the excess sugar will be eliminated in the urine along with other fluids from various tissues. This will generate a frequent need to urinate and leave you dehydrated. However, as you drink more fluids to compensate for this thirst, you will urinate more and begin a cycle, one that can never be quenched.

If you have a family history of diabetes, are feeling tired and very thirsty, it is important that you seek medical attention. Because diabetes can’t be diagnosed by the symptoms alone, your physician will need to test your urine and your blood to check the levels of sugar.

If you do have diabetes mellitus it is important that it is diagnosed as early as possible so that you can begin your treatment. You will be prescribed the necessary diabetes medication and given a clear understanding of how to manage your diabetes so that you don’t suffer any of the long-term effects.


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