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Question:

Why do people with diabetes get so thirsty? Do they risk becoming easily dehydrated?

Answer:

The kidneys normally reabsorb nearly all filtered glucose, but, when the blood sugar level exceeds about 180 mg/dl [10 mmol/L], they t can no longer do so and must use 'free water' to get the extra glucose into the urine. This in turn can lead to thirst and dehydration.

DOB

DTQ-20010724121411B
Original posting 23 Aug 2001
Posted to Hyperglycemia and DKA

  
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