Diabetes Insipidus is a less common form of diabetes, which is completely different to Diabetes Mellitus - although it is often confused with sugar diabetes. This type of Diabetes is sometimes called water diabetes to distinguish it from sugar diabetes.
The reason it is sometimes confused is because the symptoms are very similar; excessive urination - even interrupting sleep with the need to urinate - and excessive thirst.
There are 4 types of diabetes insipidus;
Pituitary: this happens when the posterior pitutory is destroyed
Gestagenic or Gestational: This may develop during pregnancy, but it usually clears up 4-6 weeks after child birth.
Nephrogenic: This occurs if your kidneys are not responding properly and are insensitive to vasopressin, the antidiuretic hormone.
Dipsogenic: this is caused through excessive thirst and urination and can be easily confused with a sugar diabetes symptom.
My diabetes is sugar diabetes and that's what this website is about. But, if you want to find out more about Diabetes Insipidus, its treatment and how it is different to sugar diabetes; Diabetes Mellitus, you might like to visit http://www.diabetesinsipidus.org. (Remember to bookmark this site before you go exploring or subscribe to my mini-blog at the bottom of the navigation bar on the left).
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