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My 50 yr old sister says all soda causes her diarrhea.And says its the color of whatever soda she happens to drink.What could be the cause? Diabetes?

My 50 yr old sister says all soda causes her diarrhea.And says its the color of whatever  soda she happens to drink.What could be the cause? Diabetes?

Sodas are unhealthy: Figure that there are 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon. That means nearly 12 teaspoons of sugar in that bottle of Coke, nearly 7 teaspoons of sugar in the smaller can of Pepsi. Re your sister, she is 50 years old. She needs to take better care of her health. Start with a full check up by a doctor including all the recommended blood work and other exams. Stopping soda is also a good idea. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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How does diabetes cause diarrhea and steatorrhea? What are the other effects of diabetes on digestive system?

How does diabetes cause diarrhea and steatorrhea? What are the other effects of diabetes on digestive system?

Bacterial overgrowth: Due to the neuropathy effects of dm, the small bowel can develop excess bacteria. This can result in malabsorption ; subsequent diarrhea and fat malabsorption (steatorrhea). Dm can also caused slow stomach emptying (gastroparesis). ...Read more

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I have type 2 diabetes, controlled with insulin and metformin, I have chronic diarrhea caused by the latter, can I stop it and take galvus instead?

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I have type 2 diabetes, controlled with insulin and metformin, I have chronic diarrhea caused by the latter, can I stop it and take galvus instead?

Possibly: You should discuss with your prescribing doctor regarding the side effect of metformin. There is a slow-release metformin which is less likely to cause diarrhea if you are interested. If you do start taking galvus, i recommend to monitor your blood sugars closely in the first few weeks and make sure they are controlled. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I have diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome. Is there a stomach sensitive diabetes drug for me? A drug that doesn't cause diarrhea.

I have diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome. Is there a stomach sensitive diabetes drug for me? A drug that doesn't cause diarrhea.

A number of them: B"sd putting it backwards metformin, glip1 agents (byetta. victoza (liraglutide) etc), ddp4 (januvia, tradgenta etc), 1 glucosidase (precose etc) can all give diarhea. Welchol (bile acid resin binder) gives constipation. degree of GI intolerence varies enormously. other classes have only rare GI issues. ...Read more

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I have low potassium (3.2.). I don't have diabetes, kidney disease, diarrhea, or vomiting. I don't have a low magnesium level. I don't use diuretics. What could be the cause of my low potassium?

I have low potassium (3.2.). I don't have diabetes, kidney disease, diarrhea, or vomiting. I don't have a low magnesium level. I don't use diuretics.  What could be the cause of my low potassium?

Low k: hypokalemia is shift inside cells, increased losses either Gut or kidney and low intake with some loses. Based on your info you need a full exam and a urine study to assess for losses by the kidney. Also what is your BP and serum bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). This information offers clues. Suggest see a kidney doc for work up. All this is assuming all your labs were repeated and low k was persistent. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea a side effect of diabetes?

Is diarrhea a side effect of diabetes?

Yes : The majority of diarrhea is not directly related to diabetes but instead is a fairly common medication side effects of metformin, the most commonly prescribed medication to treat diabetes. Byetta, victoza, (liraglutide) and Bydureon also have diarrhea as a potential side effect. However, diarrhea is also a symptom of gastrointestinal neuropathy that is seen in patients with years of poorly controlled diabetes. ...Read more

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Can diarrhea after lots of sugar mean you have diabetes?

Can diarrhea after lots of sugar mean you have diabetes?

No: Diabetes does not impair sugar absorption. A diabetic who eats alot of sugar develops excessive urination and thirst not diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can you feel sick a lot and have problems with diarrhea when you have type 2 diabetes?

Sure: You can also have trouble eating if the nerves to your stomach are not working correctly. Go see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I've taken metformin for diabetes for 1 month but no diarrhea yet . Will I eventually get diarrhea?

I've taken metformin for diabetes for 1 month but no diarrhea yet . Will I eventually get diarrhea?

Probably not.: Not everyone who takes metformin gets diarrhea. After a month it looks like you are in the clear. You may be taking higher levels of metformin in the future so you may have some trouble but it looks good. Don't worry too much. ...Read more

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I have had diarrhea on and off for 6 days. If i eat it comes out. I am a type 2 diabetes help please?

I have had diarrhea on and off for 6 days. If i eat it comes out. I am a type 2 diabetes  help please?

Not sure: How acute diarrhea is associated with Diabetes. Regardless you may need some tests to help figure out and help you feel better. In meantime don't worry so much about eating but do increase your fluid inake. Half Gatorade half water should do the trick. SEE a doc this week. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more