Excessive thirst is a classic sign and symptom of diabetes.
In the case of a Type 2 Diabetes (Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus – NIDDM) or Pre-diabetes (Impaired Glucose Tolerance – IGT), the pancreas produces little insulin or the body is unable to use the insulin that is present and therefore the cells cannot use the glucose in the body. Excessive glucose then starts to build up in the bloodstream and the kidney cannot filter all the extra glucose.
Two things will then happen:
- your body will send signals to your brain to drink more water to dilute the blood glucose / sugar levels back to normal.
- the “extra” glucose escapes to the urine and thickens it and at the same time draws more water to help it flow through the kidneys. The extra water you drank eventually fills your bladder.
This will cause you to urinate more often and in larger amounts. In the end your body gets dehydrated and you feel extremely thirsty.
The cycle continues as your blood glucose / sugar levels are still high, your body will keep thinking you need more water and as you drink more water, you urinate more……a vicious cycle.
The symptoms of type-2 diabetes can be reversed if you follow a proper low GI diet, exercise, get enough sleep, control stress and take a supplement like the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets with each meal to control blood sugar levels as well as to help the body to require less insulin.