Why Does Diabetes Make You Thirsty?
Why Does Diabetes Make You Thirsty?

Two of the most common symptoms of diabetes is having an increased thirst and increased urine production. These are so prevalent in diabetics that it is often the reason that someone visits the doctor and is eventually diagnosed with the disease. But it is no coincidence that the two symptoms appear to be directly connected. Diabetes is a condition where there is an excess buildup of sugar in the body. The buildup is due to the fact that the body is not processing it’s sugar correctly and instead of it being used for energy, it ends up in the bloodstream. As with all other material in the bloodstream, it eventually makes its way to the kidneys. The kidney’s function is to filter out impunities from the blood and expel them from the body by way of urine. But when sugar starts to collect in the kidneys, they sense a problem. In order to remove the excess sugar, they begin to work harder, but are still not able to handle the increased load. They need more fluid to handle the extra sugar volume. They find this fluid in the only resource that they have, by removing it from the body’s tissues, leaving the tissues lacking sufficient hydration. This action automatically notifies the brain that there is a deficit of liquid in the body. The brain responds by putting out messages that the body requires more fluids to replenish what has been taken from the tissues. This is the excessive thirst that the diabetic experiences.

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