Many people with diabetes
feel drained by diarrhea.
Metformin, typically the ;rst drug
doctors will prescribe to treat type; 2
diabetes, is a common cause. The
link between the medicine and your
digestive system is unknown. But
Adimoolam says it could be that a
reaction to metformin causes
excess water in the gastrointestinal
tract and, ultimately, watery stools.
Even if you’ve tolerated the
medication in the past, diarrhea can
creep up at any time, though it may
be more common when taking
higher doses of metformin.
“Divulging what’s happening in the
bathroom can lead to the quick ;x
of changing medication or dosing,”
What you eat and drink might
What one person may tolerate,
also be to blame. The arti;cial
sweetener sorbitol, used in many
sugar-free foods, candies, and
gums, can lead to bloating, gas, and
excess time on the toilet. If this is
the cause, you may have to scale
back eating foods with sorbitol.
another might not.
Diabetes puts you at a greater
risk for gastroparesis, a condition
of delayed stomach emptying that
can cause diarrhea. Having type; 1
diabetes can also up your risk for
celiac disease—an intolerance to
the gluten found in wheat and
some other grains—which can
cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea
because it prevents the body from
properly absorbing nutrients.
“There are also lifestyle and dietary
changes, like gluten-free eating, to
alleviate that type of discomfort,
but your doctor can’t suggest them
if he isn’t aware of your symptoms,”
While diabetes isn’t directly related to excessive shedding of
Other causes of thinning hair include genetics, stress, and
your locks, the high levels of insulin in type; 2, stemming from
your body’s response to insulin resistance, are believed to increase
production of male hormones, including androgen, which worsens
symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Along with
irregular, painful, and heavy periods, this common cause of
infertility spurs the growth of female facial hair on the chin or
upper lip and thinning of the hair on your head. A recent study
published in Diabetes Care found that 24;percent of women with
type; 1 diabetes also had PCOS. “Your endocrinologist is a
hormone specialist and can treat more than just your diabetes,”
says Adimoolam. “They’re able to address PCOS as well as other
hormone-related issues.” Treatment of PCOS depends on your
symptoms, other health issues, and desire to get pregnant.
WHY AM I RUNNING TO THE
BATHROOM WITH THE RUNS?
Because candida yeast
feeds off of glucose,
women with diabetes are
more prone to developing
vaginal yeast infections.
(Men can develop genital
yeast infections, too, but it’s
less common.) The cottage
cheese–like discharge, odor,
and itching associated with
these pesky infections are
more common when blood
glucose isn’t well managed.
But SGLT- 2 inhibitors, type; 2
diabetes drugs that release
excess glucose through the
urine, can also raise the risk.
All that extra glucose in the
area makes the vagina the
perfect growth environment
for yeast that causes
infections, Argento says.
treatments can alleviate
symptoms, but Argento
suggests talking to your
doctor to discuss all possible
causes and treatments—
including a change in
medicine. To learn more
about yeast infection
WHY AM I LOSING THE HAIR ON MY HEAD
BUT GAINING IT ON MY FACE? I’M A WOMAN!
WHY DO I ITCH
DOWN THERE? ??