Anti-Diuretic Hormone increases
reabsorption of water by the kidney - which prevents the body
from losing excessive amounts of water.
Insufficient anti-diuretic hormone can result in diabetes
insipidus (a condition in which large amounts of urine are produced
- note that diabetes insipidus is not to be confused with
diabetes mellitus). Diabetes insipidus
may be treated by administration of anti-diuretic hormone to the
patient - either nasally or by injection.
Anti-Diuretic Hormone also causes constriction
of blood vessels.
Intravenous injections of this hormone are used
to control bleeding from certain parts of the body by restricting
For further general/summary information (excellent for revision
!) visit the page about
Glands of the Human Body.