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Diabetes Insipidus
Signs and Symptoms

The primary symptoms of diabetes insipidus are excessive thirst and excessive urination, sometimes as often as every 15 minutes. This is caused by the lack of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), also called vasopressin, or the inability of the kidneys to respond to ADH.

Because of the excessive consumption of fluids, your urine may be very clear, like water. Most people with this condition become so thirsty that they drink enough water to replace all of the fluid they urinate and avoid dehydration.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.