This foundation seeks to encompass all four forms of Diabetes Insipidus (DI). These four forms are: (1) Neurogenic, also known as central, hypothalamic, pituitary or neurohypophyseal is caused by deficiency of the antidiuretic hormone, vasopressin; (2) Nephrogenic, also known as vasopressin-resistant is caused by insensitivity of the kidneys to the effect of the antidiuretic hormone, vasopressin; (3) Gestagenic, also known as gestational is also caused by a deficiency of the antidiuretic hormone, vasopressin, that occurs only during pregnancy; and (4) Dipsogenic, a form of primary polydipsia is caused by abnormal thirst and the excessive intake of water or other liquids.
The main goal of The Diabetes Insipidus Foundation, Inc. is improved treatment, and ultimately the prevention and cure of all forms of diabetes insipidus through research. It seeks to promote a greater public awareness and understanding of the disease and will serve patients and their families with informational material and through the quarterly publication of Endless Water. Finally, it seeks to promote Diabetes Insipidus as "A DiFferent Diabetes" so that people will know that there is another diabetes.
This foundation supports education, research, treatment and cure for Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus. Its goal is to create a communication channel to serve the entire NDI community: patients and their families, researchers, physicians and other health care providers.
It also provides NDI information pamphlets to health care providers to raise awareness of the symptoms, current diagnosis tools and treatment schemes in order to reduce the possibility of complications arising from delayed recognition and management of the disorder. In addition, it hosts conferences from time to time to review the progress of NDI research and to assess the effectiveness of the foundation's efforts to assist the NDI community.
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