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Diabetes Insipidus Causes

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Diabetes insipidus is caused by problems with a chemical called vasopressin (AVP), which is also known as antidiuretic hormone (ADH) . AVP is produced by the hypothalamus and stored in the pituitary gland until needed. The hypothalamus is an area of the brain that controls mood and appetite. The pituitary gland is located below your brain, behind the bridge of your nose. AVP regulates the level of water in your body by controlling the amount of urine your kidneys produce. When the level of water in your body decreases, your pituitary gland releases AVP to conserve water and stop the production of urine. In diabetes insipidus, AVP fails to properly regulate your body's level of water, and allows too much urine to be produced and passed from your body. There are two main types of diabetes insipidus: cranial diabetes insipidus – where the body doesn't produce enough AVP, so excessive amounts of water are lost in large amounts of urine nephrogenic diabetes insipidus – where AVP is produced at the right levels but, for a variety of reasons, the kidneys don't respond to it in the normal way. Possible underlying causes for both types of diabetes insipidus are described below. Cranial Continue reading >>

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  1. hope_for_the_best

    Hi:
    I hope someone can give me some advice and maybe some good cheer too!
    I was dx'd 2 years ago with Type II - lost 20 lbs and am now 154 lbs on average.
    My hba1cs have been at 5.6 for the last year and a half and I've cut down on my carbs, sweets and juice drinks.
    But this week I noticed my skin was peeling on my hands and it dawned on me today that myabe this was related to diabetes.
    Also, I've been plagued with vaginal yeast infections most of my life but in particular in the past couple of years. So I take diflucan which helps somewhat but doesn't eradicate the problem and some anti-fungal creams - Terazol and such.
    Is it likely that the diabetes is causing the skin problem and what can I do to treat it? I am using Lubriderm and Eucerin but maybe there's something better. Also, does anyone have any recommendations about the yeast infections?
    Thanks so much.

  2. hope_for_the_best

    Here's something I forget to mention -- so if yeast infections are caused by high sugar intake, I just read this elsewhere on the healthboard but my HBA1c scores are 'normal' why am I getting them.
    I just had a sinus infection so the most recent one was due to that but gee whiz...
    Thanks for listening and maybe giving some advice.

  3. Mommyof4

    Both of these can be related to Diabetes or they can be independent of each other. Nothing helps my hands more than gloves and Vaseline. About twice a month, I put the Vaseline on and then the gloves and sleep in them. I also use a moisturized hand sanitizer instead of constantly washing my hands. I have 3 little one's so clean hands are a must for me.
    For the yeast, I too have that problem. I have always heard that it goes along with high blood sugars but I have them even when controlled. The only thing that has worked for me is tight control, I eat yogurt with live cultures, only take anitbiotics when absolutely needed, and take Acidophilus. Acidophilus, sp?, is an herbal supplement that you can get just about anywhere. It is for intestinal health which is where the overgrowth comes from. It controls the yeast population. I haven't had one in awhile now so I guess it is working. Good luck

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