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In nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, the body loses too much water because of a problem with the kidneys.
Normally, the kidneys help balance the amount of water and salt in the body. In nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, the kidneys make more urine (pee) than normal, causing the body to lose more water than it should. This happens because the kidneys don’t respond properly to antidiuretic hormone (ADH), also called vasopressin, which helps the kidneys maintain the right water balance.
Someone with the condition might pee often and in large amounts, wet the bed, be thirsty a lot, or get dehydrated. Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus often runs in families, but underlying disorders and certain medications also can cause it. When doctors suspect the diagnosis, they confirm it with the results of blood and urine tests.
Medicine and/or a low-salt diet can help the body produce less urine. If diabetes insipidus is caused by an underlying disorder, the doctor might treat that also.
All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.
In central diabetes insipidus, the kidneys make large amounts of urine, causing the body to lose too much water.
The kidneys perform several functions that are essential to health, the most important of which are to filter blood and produce urine.
The glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release affect almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies.
The bean-shaped kidneys, each about the size of a child’s fist, are essential to our health. Their most important role is to filter blood and produce urine.
The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies. It is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, metabolism, and sexual function, among other things.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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