Home care and alternative treatment for diabetes insipidus
This is a different condition from Type 1 and 2 Diabetes. In Diabetes mellitus, blood sugar is high but people with Diabetes insipidus have normal blood glucose levels.
Diabetes insipidus causes an imbalance of fluids in your body. You would be thirsty even if you’re drinking a lot of fluids.
One identified cause (of nephrogenic diabetes insipidus) is lithium damage to kidney cells. Lithium is a medicinal mood stabilizer. A few, but not all, other causes are a brain tumor or head injury that damages the hypothalamus or pituitary gland, or complications during brain or pituitary surgery.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Excessive thirst with a preference for cold beverages
- Production of large amounts of diluted urine (in a serious case, up to 20 quarts a day)
- Frequent urination
- In a child
There are a few types of this condition with different causes but the general prevalence is estimated to be one in 25,000
A synthetic hormone is used in a couple different types of this condition is aimed at decreasing urine output. There is no cure. It is a serious condition if one cannot keep pace with the loss of fluid.
NSAIDs and naproxen can reduce urination.
There are a few things you can do to increase your comfort.
Excessive sodium causes water excretion. A low-salt, low-protein diet may reduce urine output. You still must stay hydrated; may also help to eat foods high in water content:
- Citrus fruit
- Leafy greens
- Red cabbage
- Red peppers
- Sweet potatoes
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE – consult with your doctor.
- Cut back on salt
- Reduce protein intake
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Coconut water
- Electrolyte drinks
Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Diabetes insipidus will cause excessive urination, which leads to dehydration. Water transports nutrients throughout the body, protects the eyes and mouth, lubricates joints, regulates your body temperature and removes waste from your body. Hydration is directly related to brain functions. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? If you are losing excessive water, you will need to drink more than others in order to keep up with the loss. It is also important to keep your mouth moist. Carry water with you whenever you are away from home.
That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition. Consider a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnoea.
Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Even without this condition, stress can cause an imbalance in your hormones, which in turn may cause imbalance in fluid and electrolyte levels. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:
- Art therapy
- Bach flower remedies
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Music Therapy
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Suck on ice chips to keep your mouth moist.
- Suck on sour candy. Maybe you can find some made with stevia instead of sugar.
- Check with your doctor about any medications that may be interfering with your electrolyte balance.
- Wear a medical alert bracelet.
- Carry water at all times.
- Acupuncture – http://cupoflifehealingcenter.com/how-can-acupuncture-help-with-diabetes/
- Ayurveda – https://www.ayurvedapura.com/gbp/news/post/an-yurvedic-perspective
- Chinese Medicine – https://patents.google.com/patent/CN104161867A/en
- Chiropractic – https://innatefamily.com/diabetes-insipidus-chiropractic/
- Homeopathy – https://www.doctorbhatia.com/treatment/diabetes-insipidus-homeopathy-treatment-and-homeopathic-remedies/
- Dehydration can cause dizziness and confusion. If you experience this, seek medical attention.