The Uncommon Diabetes

One glass of water isn’t cutting it and the powder room has become your new best friend.  Your thirst seems unquenchable and you don’t know why.  Are you experiencing excessive thirst and urination?  You could be one of the few with diabetes insipidus.

What is diabetes insipidus?
Diabetes insipidus is a form of diabetes when you have a constant thirst and urination.  If your kidneys are not working properly and reacting to a hormone or if that hormone is not being properly stored, produced or release into the body, you can have diabetes insipidus. 

Diabetes insipidus affects different areas of the body.  When the diabetes affects the kidney it is referred to as nephrogenic diabetes insipidus.  When it affects the hormone, it is referred to as neurogenic. 

Who can develop this disease?
This type of diabetes affects a similar audience as Type 1, 2 and Gestational diabetes.  Infants to adults can develop diabetes insipidus and although rare, pregnant woman can also develop the disease.  

What are the symptoms I should be looking for?
Basic symptoms are excessive thirst and urination.  The more intricate symptoms vary on age.  For example, the symptoms of an infant would be slightly different from those of an adult.  If your infant or child is not growing at the typical rate; experiences illness such as vomiting and diarrhea; has lost weight or is crying and fussy for unknown reasons.

Adults should look for the following signs:

  • Frequent restroom visits: during the day or night.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Urination during sleep. 

How can I get help?
It is recommended that if you are experiencing excessive thirst or urination to visit your local physician immediately.