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Diabetes is affecting people all around the globe. Many of our friends or family members have it. There is no permanent cure for diabetes; however, there are ways to manage it and lead a normal life. The person has to take care of his blood sugar level by controlling his diet and staying healthy and active. The 3 p’s of diabetes are the most common symptoms that diabetic patient has to face. Moreover, they are related to thirst, urination, and hunger. The 3 p’s are;

  • Polydipsia
  • Polyuria
  • Polyphagia


The first p of diabetes describes the increase in thirst of the individual. Despite having lots of water intake, the person feels thirsty and has a dry mouth. The rise in glucose levels in the blood causes the condition of the first p of diabetes. As a result, the kidney forms more urine to remove the extra glucose levels in the body. The body has to replace the amount of fluid lost; therefore, the intensity of thirst rises. Intake of water is good for health; however, if you feel thirsty excessively few reasons can be;

  • Dehydration, the person is losing moisture and fluids from the body
  • The kidney is working to remove the extra glucose from the body by an increase in urination; your trips to the bathroom will increase
  • Other health problems related to your mind, or other body parts.


This p refers to increase urination to get rid of the extra sugar in the body. Usually, an average human releases one to two liters of urine each day; but, a diabetic patient can produce more than 3 liters. So, the kidney will have to function rapidly and filter out extra fluids. This is not good for the body. Apart from diabetes, increase urination can be because of;

  • Kidney problem
  • Pregnancy
  • Infection in blood or increase in calcium level in the body
  • Intake of some medications like the one for pressure
  • Mental health problems


The third p of diabetes causes an increase in the appetite of the patient. Hence, it is seen that diabetic people feel hungry most of the time, which is not normal. On average, a person eats in regular intervals, which fills up the appetite; however, the case differs in diabetes. The sugar in the body can’t enter the cells to produce energy due to the drop in insulin levels. Due to a deficiency of glucose in the cells, the person feels hungry most of the time. Eating more food is not a solution as it will only add to the glucose levels in the blood but not absorb. Other reasons for the rise in appetite are;

  • Stress, tension, and worries
  • Medications
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Premenstrual syndromes

Different people get different symptoms of diabetes; few suffer all the 3p’s of diabetes, while others only get one or two at a time. But if you get any of these, visit the Family Diagnostic Clinic for good health and wellbeing. If the practitioner feels you have diabetes, he will suggest few tests to confirm the results. Moreover, your appropriate treatment will start. Call us at 281-351-6800 to schedule your appointment.

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