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Passed away after losing weight, possible eating disorder. Had rapid heart rate, excessive thirst, muscle weakness, low potassium. Diabetes ?

Recently my son s girlfriend passed away. No cause has been found but there are plenty of questions. She lost a lot of weight over the last 7 months (approx. 50 pounds). A lot of people thought it could possibly be an eating disorder . Her s/s were - rapid heart rate, weight loss, excessive thirst, muscle weakness and tiredness, but the most important sign was low potassium levels. Was it possible that this was diabetes insipidus ... She was 17 years old and died in her sleep.
Asked On : Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Yes ,you seem to be absolutely right.
 You will produce large amounts of urine, usually more than 3 - 15 liters per day,if you are suffering from diabetes insipidus.
If you do not drink enough fluids, dehydration can result,resulting in low levels of potassium.
Other symptoms of diabetes insipidus are
Weight loss,rapid heart rate,irritability,fatigue,lethargy,muscle pains etc.
The symptoms of deceased girl matches with classical diabetes insipidus.
Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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