What is diabetes insipidus?

Two types. Either antidiuretic hormone (ADH (vasopressin)) is not being made in the posterior part of the pituitary or ADH (vasopressin) is being made, but the kidney lacks the receptor to which ADH (vasopressin) is bound in order to work to preserve water from leaving the body in excess.

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I am wondering what herbs help treat diabetes insipidus?

Electrolyte problem. Diabetes insipidus occurs due to either abnormality in hormone secretion from the brain or kidney not responding to this hormone. It is very important to find out the cause as severe eletrolytes abnormalities can occur. Herbs may not be advisable, as underlying cause must be identified and treated.Some herbs can do more damage to the kidney. Please talk to your doctor before starting any medicine. Read more...
None. Only vasopressin which is ADH hormone will treat central diabetes insipidus but if it is a problem with kidneys then some diuretics and nsaids can help. Read more...

Can you tell me what the epidemiology of diabetes insipidus is?

Rare disorder. Diabetes insipidus (di) is a rare disorder in which the kidneys cannot concentrate urine, thereby causing excessive loss of water from the body and dehydration. It can result from a problem of the pituitary gland, or from a defect in the kidneys. However, most people who think they have di are actually excessive fluid drinkers, and urinate a lot because they drink a lot. Read more...

What herbs can help treat diabetes insipidus?

None that we know of. There are no herbs that have been studied and have shown to have helped. Talked to your nephrologist. Read more...

What are the complications of diabetes insipidus?

Many. Depends on the severity of the disorder, you can get dehydrated or have electrolyte imbalances. The physical consequences of di are: dry mouth, low blood pressure, muscle weakness, sunken eyes, weight loss, fatigue, headache, muscle spasms... Read more...
Dehydration. It is a rare disease ususally asymptomatic in adults if they drink enough water. It does cause frequent urination which can disrupt sleep. It can occur in pregnancy and cause problems for the mother and baby. Read more...

What kind of condition is diabetes insipidus (d.I.)?

Serious dehydration. Congenital and secondary diabetes insipidus is a rare inherited or acquired disease in which patients suffer serious dehydration as the result of an inability of their kidneys to produce a concentrated urine. Read more...
Missing ADH (vasopressin) Anti diuretic hormone helps concentrate the urine to keep the body's sodium and water levels balanced. If the brain does not make enough ADH (vasopressin) or of the kidney ignores the adh, (vasopressin) a person can urinate too much dilute urine, becoming hypernatremic (high sodium) and dehydrated. Can be genetic, due to head trauma, brain tumor, infection, anorexia, idiopathic. Read more...

What is the difference between diabetes insipidus and mellitus?

Unrelated conditions. Diabetes mellitus (dm) is a condition of excessively high sugars which can cause one to void large amounts of urine frequently. Type 1 dm is caused by pancreatic failure so Insulin is required. Type 2 dm is resistance to Insulin or inefficient use. Diabetes insipidus is voiding large amounts of urine frequently due to either kidney or brain disorder, both unrelated to sugar & insulin. Read more...

What do I do if I have diabetes insipidus?

See your doc. I am not sure how you know this is what you have, but if so you need to see your doc for treatments..Two types: one is deficiency of arginine vasopressin (a diuretic hormone--avp) and other is nephrogenic (kidneys not sensitive to avp). You will/should find out why having diabetes insipidus. But either way, you still will need treatment. Consult your doc... Good luck. Read more...
Follow doc's advise. You need to find out the cause so you can be treated appropriately. Often time, diabetes insipidus is just a symptom, not the cause. The hormone involved is ADH (vasopressin) (antidiuretic hormone). If the cause is in the brain, treatment is to give back ADH (vasopressin) (ddavp) either in nasal spray or pill. If the problem is at the kidney, treatment is antiinflammatory (indomethacin) and diuretics (hctz and amiloride). Read more...