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diabetes insipidus, best way to hydrate? sipping fluid constantly or consuming large quantities at once (chugging). not on any meds currently.

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Diabetes Insipidus: Best treatment is nasal spray vasopressin
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Probably sipping: Hope u r seeing nephrologist. Central diabetes insipidus can respond to ddavp (desmopressin). Nephrogenic di does not.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Diabetes insipidus: Diabetes insipidus is "water-diabetes" in which, due to a deficient hormone (adh), your kidneys are constantly filtering and excreting too much water, which can lead to dehydration and shock. The best defense is continuous water drinking during the day. While drinking less frequent boluses would work, you never know when you will forget or won't have access. Make drinking a regular habit.
Dr. Brad Eilerman
Endocrinology 20 years experience
Medicine: If you have central di, it's really critical to get ddavp (desmopressin). Without it, you will always need free water continuously.

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