CON­STANT THIRST COULD BE WARN­ING SIGN OF MED­I­CAL CON­DI­TIONS

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“Di­a­betes in­sipidus is char­ac­ter­ized by a hor­mone im­bal­ance in your body that af­fects ater ab­sorp­tion Dr San­tini said “ ecause you lose ast amounts o ater throu gh your urine thirst strikes as your body tries to com­pen­sate or the uid loss

Feel­ing parched lately? Is your mouth mor­ph­ing into some­thing straight out of the desert? Do you have a han­ker­ing for a bot­tom­less glass of H2O? Ac­cord­ing to Park­land Health & Hos­pi­tal Sys­tem physi­cians, th­ese may be signs that your body is send­ing a wake-up call that some­thing could be phys­i­cally wrong. “The body has a way of telling you when there’s an is­sue,” said Noel San­tini, MD, Se­nior Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Am­bu­la­tory Ser­vices at Park­land. “The prob­lem is a lot of times we don’t heed the warn­ing.” Any con­di­tion that al­ters your wa­ter or salt bal­ance can trig­ger thirst, but it could also sig­nal con­di­tions such as di­a­betes, di­a­betes in­sipidus, dry mouth, ane­mia, low blood pres­sure, or a ba­sic change in your diet. Peo­ple with di­a­betes may ex­pe­ri­ence fre­quent uri­na­tion, ex­ces­sive thirst, un­ex­plained weight loss, ex­treme hunger, blurry vi­sion, tin­gling or numb­ness in hands or feet, re­cur­ring fa­tigue, very dry skin, slow-heal­ing sores, or more in­fec­tions than usual. If not well man­aged, di­a­betes can se­ri­ously im­pact a per­son’s qual­ity of life. Com­pli­ca­tions, many of which are pre­ventable, in­clude heart dis­ease, stroke, blind­ness, kid­ney fail­ure, foot or leg am­pu­ta­tions, nerve dam­age and com­pli­ca­tions of preg­nancy. More than 29 mil­lion Amer­i­cans have been di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease and an­other 86 mil­lion have pre­di­a­betes, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion. Nine out of 10 peo­ple do not know that they have pre­di­a­betes. Although di­a­betes in­sipidus isn’t re­lated to the di­a­betes most peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with, it does share some of the same signs and symp­toms, such as de­hy­dra­tion and a busy blad­der. Chronic stress is a warn­ing sign to watch, Dr. San­tini cau­tions. When the stress is se­vere this could re­sult in low blood pres­sure that can cause dizzi­ness, de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety as well as ex­treme thirst.

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