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How common is nerve damage with diabetes?

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About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage, or diabetic neuropathy. It can develop at any time, but the longer you have diabetes, the more likely it is.

When diabetes damages the nerves in your stomach and intestines, they may not be able to move food through normally. Most often, this causes constipation, but you can also get alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea, especially at night.

SOURCES:

Clinical Diabetes : "Diabetes and the Gastrointestinal Tract."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Nerve Damage (Diabetic Neuropathies)."

CDC: "Diabetes: Prevent Complications."

The Diabetes Educator : "Treating Constipation in the Patient with Diabetes."

Harvard Health Publications: "Constipation and Impaction."

Mayo Clinic: "Type 2 diabetes: Treatment."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Oral Diabetes Medications Summary Chart."

Yale New Haven Hospital: "Eat Any Sugar Alcohol Lately?"

Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology : "Clinical and Immunological Features of Celiac Disease in Patients With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus."

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Clinical Diabetes : "Diabetes and the Gastrointestinal Tract."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Nerve Damage (Diabetic Neuropathies)."

CDC: "Diabetes: Prevent Complications."

The Diabetes Educator : "Treating Constipation in the Patient with Diabetes."

Harvard Health Publications: "Constipation and Impaction."

Mayo Clinic: "Type 2 diabetes: Treatment."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Oral Diabetes Medications Summary Chart."

Yale New Haven Hospital: "Eat Any Sugar Alcohol Lately?"

Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology : "Clinical and Immunological Features of Celiac Disease in Patients With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus."

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 05, 2017

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