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Symptoms of Polyphagia

The following features are indicative of Polyphagia:
  • excessive hunger
  • abnormally large intake of solids

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Common Causes of Polyphagia

The following are the most common causes of Polyphagia:
  • anxiety
  • diabetes mellitus
  • Graves disease
  • hyperthyroidism
  • hypoglycemia
  • premenstrual syndrome

Other Causes of Polyphagia

The following are the less common causes of Polyphagia:
  • bulimia
  • certain drugs such as corticosteroids, tricyclic antidepressants

Risk Factors for Polyphagia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Polyphagia:
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • depression
  • orexigenic drugs
  • diabetes mellitus
  • hyperthyroidism
  • hypoglycemia
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Graves' disease
  • Kleine-Levin syndrome

Prevention of Polyphagia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Polyphagia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • do not stop taking medicine without talking to prescribed physician
  • emotional therapeutic counselling to cope up with stress associated with polyphagia

Occurrence of Polyphagia

Common Age Group

Polyphagia most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 3-15 years

Common Gender

Polyphagia can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Polyphagia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Polyphagia:
  • Blood serum test: To provide useful information about the osmolality of the body's extracellular fluids
  • Thyroid function test: To diagnose thyroid disease

Complications of Polyphagia if untreated

Yes, Polyphagia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Polyphagia is left untreated:
  • physical impairment of vital air exchange
  • can be fatal

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Polyphagia

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Polyphagia:
  • Emotional support: Helps to cope up with polyphagia

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Polyphagia.

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