What is the difference between Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetes Insipidus?

What is the difference between Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetes Insipidus

A Simple Guide to Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetes Insipidus (A Simple Guide to Medical Conditions)

The three ladies I worked with in the Data Compliance Group were Olive,Trish and Breda.

We got on well together and I enjoyed being part of the Data Compliance Group!

Olive was a kind person who loved nice clothes like me and wore them well!

Trish was very nice too and was into the fashion too!

Breda liked outdoor activities like kayak and she was a kind person too!

How about you what coworkers did you work with and what interests do they have?

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The word diabetes is an interesting one.

Its origin is in the Greek language where it is derived from the word for a siphon or, more simply, a pipe or hose.

This word was used to describe the disorder in ancient times  because those suffering from it produced such plentiful amounts of urine that they were reminiscent of a water pipe.

The reason for the large amounts of urine is because when blood sugar levels reaches excessively high levels in our bloodstream, it is filtered into the kidney and enters the urine in large quantities.

The second part of the name, mellitus, is derived from the word meaning sweet.

Mellitus was added when it was discovered that the urine in a person with diabetes  is sweet.

Diabetes insipidus is a disorder with an entirely different basis, but its sufferers share the siphon-like quality of very frequent and very high volume urination.

Diabetes insipidus is due to failure of production or action of another vital hormone, known as arginine vasopressin (AVP).

When AVP is deficient (usually due to damage or disease of the hypothalamus or pituitary gland) or fails to work (usually due to disease of or damage to the kidney), we are unable to concentrate our urine and it becomes excessively dilute.

As such, it appears pale, almost colorless and watery,in a word insipid, hence insipidus.

It is not sweet, as it has negligible amounts of sugar in it.

Diabetes insipidus is a very common condition in most countries.The most important thing to remember is that it is an autoimmune condition too!

The best way of describing it is that it is an irreversible condition and most people have it for life!


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