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How are diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus different?
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Very different
Diabetes mellitus is the typical "diabetes" that we are familiar with.
It's caused by an Insulin problem (too little or just not working well (resistance)) causing elevation in blood sugar. Diabetes insipidus is a water problem characterized by lots of urination and high sodium level. It's caused by an ADH (vasopressin) (antidiuretic hormone) problem (too little or just not working well).

In brief: Very different
Diabetes mellitus is the typical "diabetes" that we are familiar with.
It's caused by an Insulin problem (too little or just not working well (resistance)) causing elevation in blood sugar. Diabetes insipidus is a water problem characterized by lots of urination and high sodium level. It's caused by an ADH (vasopressin) (antidiuretic hormone) problem (too little or just not working well).
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Adarsh Gupta
Family Medicine
In brief: Location of problem
Both causes frequent urination, however, diabetes insipidu (di) is different from diabetes mellitus (dm).
Dm involves Insulin problems and high blood sugar. Di is related to how your kidneys handle fluids. It's much less common than dm. Urine and blood tests can show which one you have. Usually, di is caused by a problem with your pituitary gland or your kidneys.

In brief: Location of problem
Both causes frequent urination, however, diabetes insipidu (di) is different from diabetes mellitus (dm).
Dm involves Insulin problems and high blood sugar. Di is related to how your kidneys handle fluids. It's much less common than dm. Urine and blood tests can show which one you have. Usually, di is caused by a problem with your pituitary gland or your kidneys.
Dr. Adarsh Gupta
Dr. Adarsh Gupta
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