Are You Always Thirsty? Here’s Some Advice

By | November 9, 2009


The other day, a friend said that I should invite one of his workmates to write a post here because he’s the only person he knows that always has a bottle of water with him. And all day, he takes a sip every few minutes or so.

While it may seem to be just a minor idiosyncrasy at first, one cannot discount the fact that there could be a more serious reason why his workmate is always thirsty.


While it’s normal to be thirsty, specially after working out, spending time under the sun and while eating salty or spicy foods – having an unquenchable thirst no matter how much water you drink could be a sign of something else.

According to a doctor friend of mine, some of the common causes for extreme thirst could be dehydration or loss of body salts. It can also be induced by certain medications and by drinking too much alcohol or caffeine.

So if you find yourself always thirsty, it’s better to consult a doctor and check yourself against these possible medical conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Fanconi’s syndrome – a kidney disorder
  • Liver disease (Hepatitis or cirrhosis)
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Burn infections
  • Head injury
  • Possible psychological disorder (compulsive water drinking)

Drinking water has many benefits, but if you find yourself grabbing a glass of water all the time – then maybe you need to consider a visit to your doctor.

Extreme thirst can just be nothing or it could be something. You’ll never know unless you seek help – so please do.

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