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Why Do Failing Kidneys Cause Thirst


2013-09-17 15:23

Why Do Failing Kidneys Cause ThirstWhy do failing kidneys cause thirst? In our body, water accounts for 60% of our weight. Lack of water can make us thirsty easily, so healthy people are usually recommended to drink 8 glasses of water one daily. For people with kidney failure, normal amount of water may cause problems and thirst is more common.

To make clear why failing kidneys causes thirst and find out related managements, these patients should know:

Firstly, figure out the link between kidneys and fluid in the body.

Kidneys are great excretory organs, in which glomeruli are responsible for filtering excess water and waste products out of the body and renal tubules can reabsorb part of water. Normally, healthy kidneys can mantain fluid balance excellently.

Secondly, know that failing kidneys cause retaining water, so these patients should restrict the water intake.

Within failing kidneys, glomeruli and renal tubules are also impaired that can’t keeping fluid balance by excreting excess water. In this condition, normal amount of fluid intake may easily lead to swelling, shortness of breath, high blood pressure and some other problems. Therefore, patients should control their fluid intake.

Thirdly, learn about why failing kidneys cause thirst.

Most often, kidney failure patients’ thirst is mainly due to restricted fluid intake or heavy loss of fluid during vomiting and diarrhea. Besides, eat too much salty food can also make patients thirsty easily. All of these aspects urge patients to drink more water which may worsen patients’ condition.

Finally, learn to manage your thirst scientifically and safely.

The following daily tips can help you ease your thirst to some extent:

- Stay away from salty and spicy foods

- Stay cool and try some ice

- Use mouthwash or brush your teeth to avoid dry mouth

- Be aware of hidden fluids in foods

A healthy diet is also very important for people with diseased kidneys to prevent the desire of water. However, here we can’t give you a food list in detail, because the diet changes from person to person. If you want to get a personalized diet plan or you have any unclear question, welcome to email our kidney experts to kidneyabc@hotmail.com or consult the online doctor on duty today.


If you send us email, please leave your phone number or WhatsApp/Viber (with country code) in email so that our renal expert can communicate with you timely and directly. We will do utmost to help you solve the problems.



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