5. Insatiable thirst
Excessive thirst is called polydipsia. It is also an indicator that your blood sugar levels may be too high. As a result of polydipsia, people experience polyuria, as the water they drink must be expelled from the body. Once the urine has been expelled from the body, it must protect itself from dehydration. So, you will feel the need to drink fluids. The more trips you take to the bathroom, the more fluids you’ll want to drink.
On the face of it, drinking a lot of water may sound like a good idea. After all, we’re told that water is good for us. And it is. But like most things, too much water can be a bad thing. It upsets the delicate chemical balance in your body. If you’re drinking normal amounts of water, excess water is eliminated from the body as urine. But if you’re drinking too much, it dilutes the blood. This can lead to you having too little sodium in your blood and too much water inside and around the cells of the body. This is called hyponatremia. Hyponatremia brings with it headaches, muscle cramps, nausea, fatigue, and seizures. Left untreated, hyponatremia gets worse. It can result in a coma or death.
Drinking too much water also dilutes the electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals in your body. Because it’s being expelled from the body, it takes those nutrients with it. This depletes the levels you have in your body. A lack of electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals can lead to a multitude of problems, a lot of them related to the immune system and digestive processes.
If you find yourself wanting to drink water all the time and drinking far more than usual, consult your doctor. Your body is trying to tell you something, such as your blood sugar levels are too high.