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Health Tip: Understanding Diabetes Insipidus

-- Diabetes insipidus results when the brain doesn't produce enough antidiuretic hormone, which controls the amount of water in the blood and urine.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this additional information about diabetes insipidus:

  • It's not related to type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • Common symptoms of diabetes insipidus are being very thirsty and above-average urination.
  • Possible triggers for diabetes insipidus include kidney disorders, medication side effects, or damage to the brain or pituitary gland. About one-third of the time, doctors can't find a cause.
  • Some mild cases do not require treatment. In more serious cases, drugs to help the body produce -- or make better use of -- antidiuretic hormones may be prescribed.

Posted: November 2010


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