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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is diabetes insipidus?

A disorder where the body cannot regulate water levels properly. The cause is damage to either the kidneys or the pituitary gland in the brain.

Symptoms of diabetes insipidus

  • Frequent urination

  • Often have a sudden need to pass urine in the past one month

  • Waking up at least twice a night to pass urine

  • Fatigue

  • History of dementia

Questions your doctor may ask to check for diabetes insipidus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose diabetes insipidus

  • Have you been passing urine more often?

  • Do you sometimes have a sudden, strong urge to rush to the the toilet and pass urine?

  • Do you have problems waking up frequently to pass urine at night?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with dementia?

Treatment for diabetes insipidus

Treatment of this condition depends on the cause. The specialist may prescribe medications or hormones to help regulate water levels. In addition, patients will be asked to monitor and adjust intake of water and salts.

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