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What does polyphagia mean?

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Polyphagia is a condition marked by excessive hunger and binge eating. It may be a sign of diabetes. When insulin levels drop or insulin resistance occurs, the cells of the body do not get enough sugar, and hunger develops. People with polyphagia often lose weight -- even though they are eating more than normal -- because those excess calories get lost in urine.

From: Glossary of Diabetes Terms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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