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What causes dry mouth, unquenchable thirst, low on energy and shortness of breath?

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Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015
Question: I have for two week had a dry mouth and unquenchable thirst, accompanied by a very low level of energy and shortness of breath. I am 78 years old. constant peeing. XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (14 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You should check your blood sugar

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

although the potential causes of polyuria (increased urination) are many I will refer to the most common ones, starting with the easiest to confirm or exclude:
- hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar) may cause increased urination, thirst and loss of body weight. Increased appetite is expected and various systemic symptoms like weakness, tiredness etc.
- hypercalcemia (increased blood calcium) may also cause increased urination.
- chronic kidney disease may cause increased urination particularly at night.

All of the above can be easily confirmed or excluded by blood tests like glucose, urea, creatinine, calcium, complete blood count etc

I hope I've helped!
I'll be glad to comment on test results if you have any.

Kind Regards!
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What causes dry mouth, unquenchable thirst, low on energy and shortness of breath?

Brief Answer: You should check your blood sugar Detailed Answer: Hello, although the potential causes of polyuria (increased urination) are many I will refer to the most common ones, starting with the easiest to confirm or exclude: - hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar) may cause increased urination, thirst and loss of body weight. Increased appetite is expected and various systemic symptoms like weakness, tiredness etc. - hypercalcemia (increased blood calcium) may also cause increased urination. - chronic kidney disease may cause increased urination particularly at night. All of the above can be easily confirmed or excluded by blood tests like glucose, urea, creatinine, calcium, complete blood count etc I hope I've helped! I'll be glad to comment on test results if you have any. Kind Regards!