Feeling thirsty is one of the common symptoms of diabetes. If you start feeling very thirsty, you should visit your doctor so as to test for diabetes. This is a serious disease that needs to be prevented or diagnosed early so as to take action on how to fight it. Therefore be keen to notice if your thirst has remarkably increased, for it is not always easy. However, there are several other conditions that may cause increased thirst, such as severe diarrhea, vomiting, common cold, flu or allergies.
So if you feel that your thirst has increased, either suddenly or gradually, it is recommended that you go for a test to be sure whether it is diabetes or not. The question here is: why do you feel thirsty when you have diabetes? Understanding the reason can help you develop preventive measures against diabetes
What causes thirsty on people who have diabetes
Diabetes is characterized by excess accumulation of sugar in the body. This occurs when the body is unable to process sugar as needed, due to insulin resistance. The condition results from improper functioning of the insulin. Since the sugar is not processed properly, it gets deposited in the bloodstream instead of being used to provide energy.
The sugar in bloodstream eventually gets into the kidneys
The kidneys perform their function of flushing out impurities (unwanted chemicals) from the blood. These impurities are released from the body in the form of urine. Since the kidneys receive higher volumes of sugar than usual, they require more fluid so as to function properly.
However, they cannot get this fluid from anywhere else but have to extract it from other tissues of the body. This leaves the tissues with less fluid, resulting in dehydration. This condition automatically sends a signal to the brain that the body has inadequate fluid. The brain’s response is to send a message that the body needs more fluids so as to replace the fluids that were extracted from the body tissues. This is what makes you feel thirsty when you have diabetes.
When you have diabetes, you will also visit the bathrooms more frequently
Your blood sugar becomes too high and therefore forces the kidneys to work harder. This means that the kidneys produce more urine than usual as a way of getting rid of the excess sugars in the bloodstream. The increased urine production will force you to urinate more often, which means you will be losing more fluid. In the long last, your body becomes dehydrated thus making you feel thirsty.