Why do people with diabetes get so thirsty? Do they risk becoming easily dehydrated?
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.
Original posting 23 Aug 2001
Posted to Hyperglycemia and DKA
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:26
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