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What is diabetes insipidus, and what are the symptoms of the condition?
Diabetes insipidus (DI) is a rare disease that causes frequent urination. The large volume of urine is diluted, mostly water. To make up for lost water, a person with
diabetes insipidus may feel the need to drink large amounts and is likely to urinate frequently, even at night, which can disrupt sleep and, on occasion, cause bedwetting. Because of the excretion of abnormally large volumes of dilute urine, people with
diabetes insipidus may quickly become
dehydrated if they do not drink enough water. Children with
diabetes insipidus may be irritable or listless and may have fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Milder forms of
diabetes insipidus can be managed by drinking enough water, usually between 2 and 2.5 liters a day.
Diabetes insipidus severe enough to endanger a person's health is rare.