I am constantly thirsty i cant get enough to drink

Patient

Q: I am constantly thirsty i cant get enough to drink and nothing makes the feeling go away i urinate all through the day its urgent and every 20 minutes. can this be a sign of diabetes ??

Doctor

A:   Hello,
Welcome to ATD. Thank you for the query.

Some of the possible common medical causes of Increased thirst and urination may include:

Diabetes mellitus
Diabetes insipidus
Diuretics
Sjogren's syndrome
Renal tubular acidosis
Squamous cell carcinoma of lung
Hypokalemia
Polydipsia
Addison's disease
Cushing's syndrome
Intestinal obstruction
Congestive heart failure
Psychogenic polydipsia
Interstitial nephritis
Cold diuresis
Interstitial cystitis
Caffeine
Hyperthyroidism
Reiter's syndrome
Hypercalcemia
Glomerulonephritis

Consult a physician, he may order blood and urine tests to help provide a diagnosis. These tests may include:

blood glucose test
blood count and blood differential tests
urinalysis and urine osmolality tests
serum calcium, osmolality, and sodium tests

Depending on the test results, your doctor may refer you to a specialist.

All the best.

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