A person with polydipsia drinks excessive amounts of fluid. In uncontrolled diabetes, polydipsia occurs when a person has high blood sugar levels. Some of this sugar is removed from the body by the kidneys. To do this, the kidneys produce more urine, requiring large amounts of water to leave the body. To avoid becoming dehydrated, the person becomes thirsty and drinks lots of water.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995–2015 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.
Find out by selecting your child’s symptom or health condition in the list below:
In This Issue: Summer 2016
Download Summer 2016 (PDF)
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson explains the 2016–2017 flu vaccine recommendations, including an update on the nasal flu spray.
Mothers are there to help us grow, support us and be our rock when we’re in need. This special helps us honor and celebrate mothers with heartwarming patient stories from Seattle Children’s.
Cyberbullying is bullying that happens using electronic technology. It can include mean or embarrassing photos, videos or comments posted on social media or sent by text. Sometimes teens don’t want to admit to experiencing cyberbullying because they think that bullying only happens to younger kids. Ask your child to tell you about their...