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Health Tip: Understanding Diabetes Insipidus

Health Tip: Understanding Diabetes Insipidus

11/19/10

(HealthDay News) -- 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.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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