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I recently read an article regarding water diabetes. Can you tell me what all would be involved in testing for water diabetes?

By October 26, 2008 - 9:42pm
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Hi Julie - MRI scans are used to determine the health of the blood vessels in the brain, which can be impacted by diabetes. There are also some new studies showing that these tests can be used to monitor for what are known as "silent strokes" that can impact people with diabetes and cause kidney issues later. You can read more about that here:

MRI enables doctors to see inside the human body. There's a good explanation at this link that seems age-appropriate for your grandson and might be something you'd want to discuss with him. It can be intimidating to have these types of tests and you may be able to help make it easier for him.

Good luck to both of you, Pat

May 25, 2010 - 5:19pm

my daughter age 25 also has difficulties with blood sugars dropping although she is not diabetic, but often feels very ill and only picks up when she has intake of sugar. She has used blood sugar monitor and reads normal, what can this be?

My grandson has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for 4 years now and recently having more hypo's causing seizures. he is 13, I am aware that hormones play a part in changes with diabetes and his consultant suggested MRI scan, as you mentioned MRI scan in the water diabetes question, could you please give me more information on what the consultant is looking for.

Kind ~Regards

Julie Beswick

May 25, 2010 - 1:49am
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I don't know much about water diabetes but I did find a website dedicated to it here: http://www.diabetesinsipidus.org/

It has tons of information about the condition and how it affects the body, it's symptoms, causes and treatments.

I hope it helps!

October 27, 2008 - 1:56pm

Thank you for your response and yes, I would like help finding a physician knowledgable in Water Diabetes.
Yes, I am experiencing symptoms that could be related to Water Diabetes. I am thirsty all the time. I drink two to three times more than anyone I know and yet I am the only one who ever experiences heat exhaustion. I have been tested for sugar diabetes several times over the last 40 years which have always turned up negative. I have explained my symptoms to my Drs. and the only suggestion they have ever given is to drink more water to avoid the heat exhaustion and they give no explanation for the thirst.
When I read the article on water diabetes, the light went on and I think it would be a good idea to be tested.
Can you tell me how water diabetes would affect the organs? I understand that the water just passes through the body. Does this mean that the kidneys aren't getting the cleansing that they should be getting?

October 27, 2008 - 1:28pm

Hey bltnphx, Thanks for writing. Diagnosis for Diabetes Insipidus DI is based on a number of tests, including urinalysis and a fluid deprivation test, the National Institutes of Health reports.

"Urinalysis is the physical and chemical examination of urine. The urine of a person with DI will be less concentrated. Therefore, the salt and waste concentrations are low and the amount of water excreted is high. A physician evaluates the concentration of urine by measuring how many particles are in a kilogram of water or by comparing the weight of the urine with an equal volume of distilled water.

A fluid deprivation test helps determine whether DI is caused by one of the following:

* excessive intake of fluid
* a defect in ADH production
* a defect in the kidneys’ response to ADH

This test measures changes in body weight, urine output, and urine composition when fluids are withheld. Sometimes measuring blood levels of ADH during this test is also necessary.

In some patients, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain may be necessary as well."

Have you recently been diagnosed or are you advocating for someone else who may be experiencing some of the symptoms?
Do you need any assistance in locating an expert?

Please keep us updated. Thanks.

October 27, 2008 - 10:40am
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