Constantly thirsty. Waking up with extreme thirst. Is there a chance I have diabetes?

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Hi everyone,

I am 21 years old and I have a symptom that has really been bothering me. I keep waking up every morning with deathly thirst and am drinking a ton of water only to continue feeling thirsty throughout the day.

I am 5 feet 8 inches tall and 217 pounds, so my BMI isn't exactly the best. When I search the internet for my symptom, diabetes is the main result, but I believe I would have had to develop prediabetes first to get diabetes. My last blood glucose level was 87 mg/dL which was taken 10 months ago and the normal range is between 70 and 99 mg/dL, so it was normal back then.

Does it sound like I could have diabetes, or am I just kidding myself? I have bad health anxiety but this seems like it could be a possibility.

Thanks for reading.

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    It can come on you suddenly. It's not common, but it happens. It happened to me.

    Go and get at least another blood glucose test - if you know someone (probably who is diabetic) who has a kit, they can spare a strip for you, otherwise get a doctor to do it - or by a kit yourself, they're cheap enough.

    MEANWHILE try to live for a day or two on nothing but green salad, a little meat, and a few nuts - poor man's "keto" diet. Have some green tea. Put a moderate dose of cinnamon on something (OK, like a small piece of fruit!). These will help, if it is diabetes.

    But you've got to get the test. If the thirst continues, and it is diabetes, it can get worse.

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    Rather than guess at what you are dealing with, you can request a full blood lab including cholesterol, A1C, and vitamin and minerals, You can see what is out of normal range. Information is powerful.

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    I agree with the suggestion below to get blood tests done of you are worried about this. One other thing, you can assess if you have family history of disease. If yes, then you can focus on your diet to reduce your risk.

    Thanks and good luck

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    I'd like to add one more question: does a regular blood exam check for diabetes? Or do you have to take some special one? Thanks.

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      Vicky a "regular" blood test usually checks for diabetes, but it is an option and you should ask.

      You can get the two standard tests, blood glucose (BG) for what it is now and A1C which gives an average over 90 days - in mere seconds, a finger-prick and one drop of blood can do both. Any diabetic will have the BG test kit and can do one for you for under a dollar! A1C is available at the drug store too, but costs about fifteen dollars.

      You can actually buy the whole BG test kit and 100 test strips for about $10 on sale or $20-$50 or so at full price - companies love to give you the meter so you buy more test strips, diabetics test once a day, or three times, or more often.

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