2. Can the ADH test be performed in my doctor's office?
Your blood may be collected in the doctor's office, but ADH testing requires specialized equipment. The test is not offered by every laboratory and may need to be sent to a reference laboratory. If you have a water deprivation or water loading test, it will be performed under medical supervision.
3. How is diabetes insipidus different than diabetes mellitus?
Diabetes mellitus, usually referred to as diabetes, is related to either decreased insulin production or insulin resistance and causes an increase in blood glucose. Diabetes insipidus is not related to insulin or glucose. The ancient Greeks, in naming the diseases, thought that both conditions were similar because persons with them had increased thirst and frequent urination. They were different in that, in one, the urine was sweet (diabetes mellitus) while in the other, is was not (diabetes insipidus).
Yes, a synthetic form of ADH can be given as a replacement to those with central diabetes insipidus. Those with nephrogenic diabetes insipidus are encouraged to drink adequate amounts of water to replace what is being lost in their urine and should talk to their health care provider about possible adjustments to their diet.
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