Frequent diarrhoea has been reported in 22 per cent of individuals with a long history of diabetes. No cure for diabetic diarrhoea exists, but effective treatments are available.
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Diabetic diarrhoea is the condition of chronic diarrhoea in individuals with a long history of diabetes.
Diabetic diarrhoea has many different causes. It can occur as a result of autonomic neuropathy, a condition in which the nerves that control the small intestine are damaged. It can also result from various problems with the small intestines or colon. Another possible cause is an abnormality in the absorption and secretion of colonic fluid.
The symptoms of diabetic diarrhoea can be treated with over-the-counter medications such as diphenoxylate (Lomotil) or loperamide (Immodium). Fibre supplements that contain bran or high-fibre foods may also work to thicken the consistency of watery diarrhoea. And antispasmodic medicines such as hyosymine (Levsin), dicyclomine (Bentyl) and chordiazepoxide (Librax)/clindinium (Clindex) may also help to decrease defecation frequency.
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Diarrhoea can result in dehydration. If you suffer from diabetic diarrhoea, be sure to drink plenty of water and clear sugar-free liquids that are free of caffeine. If diarrhoea is severe and persistent without relief, speak to your physician or endocrinologist about whether a referral to a gastroenterologist is warranted.
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