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upset stomach after eating, type 2

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mom has type 2 diabetes but after she eats she has an upset stomach what do i do


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replied December 1st, 2013
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

From the description provided it seems that you may be having diabetes related autonomic neuropathy and associated diabetic diarrhea.

Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves that control involuntary activities of the body, such as the action of the stomach, intestine, bladder and even the heart.

Diabetic diarrhea due to autonomic neuropathy results in an erratic functioning of the small intestine. This can cause unformed stools to be passed. If the nerves which communicate with the sphincter muscles (which control passing a bowel movement) are not working properly, stool can pass without warning, and/or without being able to control when it comes out, resulting in fecal incontinence.

Treatment for diabetic diarrhea can be difficult. Symptomatic treatment for short term relief with loperamide (Imodium) and bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) and Kaopectate) can help to some extent. Loperamide slows down the speed of fluids moving through your intestines. Bismuth subsalicylate works by balancing the way fluid moves through your intestines and reduces the cramps associated with such movements.

For long-term control, you may benefit by prescription medications including the following medicines - Catapress, Antibiotics such as tetracycline and Somatostatin analogs such as octreotide (Sandostatin).

You may consult a diabetologist or a gastroenterologist who can examine you and provide the necessary treatment.

I hope this helps.


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