An increased thirst is normal in conditions such as hot weather, exercise, increased exertion, and similar situations. An abnormal or excessive thirst, also called polydipsia, can be the symptom of various disorders.
Dehydration is one obvious cause, and this can be dangerous. Unexplained thirst is also a classic symptom of diabetes, especially in Type 1 diabetes (undiagnosed), but also in Type 2 diabetes. With both types of diabetes, the person usually has an abnormal thirst along with excessive urination.
- Dehydration: Dehydration is a lack of adequate fluid in the body. Dehydration is a dangerous complication of various infections, and can
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name
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- Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes is also known as Juvenile Diabetes and its full medical name is Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
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- Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and the less severe of the two most common forms
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- Kidney Disorders: Kidney disorders, or renal disorders, refers to any of the group of diseases that affect the kidneys. Acute kidney conditions
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- Psychological Disorders: Psychological disorders are mental health disorders such as anxiety disorders, emotional disorders, personality disorders, and so on. They are generally
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- Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Diabetic ketoacidosis (also called DKA) is an extremely dangerous complication of undiagnosed or poorly-controlled diabetes. Diabetes causes a build
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- Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome: Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS) is a complication of Type 2 Diabetes. It may arise from undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes
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- Diabetes Insipidus: Diabetes insipidus is a disorder of the pituitary gland and kidneys. Its hallmark symptom is extreme volume of clear (insipid)
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- Acidosis: Acidosis refers to an excessively high acidic level in the blood. It is a type of electrolyte imbalance. The opposite
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