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What are other causes of diarrhea from diabetes?

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Eating a lot of sugar-free sweeteners -- like maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol -- can cause diarrhea. They're from a family of compounds called sugar alcohols. Because your body doesn't break them down and absorb them completely, they pull extra water into your intestines.

If you have type 1 diabetes, you're more likely to have celiac disease. People with this disorder can't eat gluten (a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley) because it damages the small intestine, which can give you diarrhea.

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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 5, 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 5, 2017

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