What is the treatment?
Enteropathy is a chronic condition, and treatment involves symptom relief and management. Diabetes Theory cautions us, “The management of enteropathy in diabetes represents a considerable challenge and is generally suboptimal, thus undoubtedly prevention is better than cure.” This isn’t terribly surprising, but how can we prevent something that affects so many? The good news is that the prevention strategy for enteropathy includes everything that we should already be doing: maintaining excellent control of our glucose levels, exercising, quitting tobacco use, and maintaining a healthy diet.
The hard truth is that regardless of our diligence or healthy lifestyle, complications like enteropathy may still occur. So what’s the takeaway? According to the World Journal on Diabetes, “Early identification and appropriate management of GI complications are important for improving both diabetic care and quality of life of the affected patient.” Realizing that your symptoms may have an underlying cause, and that there is no reason to be embarrassed about them, is a good first step in taking action. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms—you will certainly not be the first person to talk to your doctor about diarrhea!
Symptoms of enteropathy or other diabetic GI complications are hard to deal with both physically and mentally and can cause isolation and depression. We encourage you to reach out to your doctor, reach out to a friend, and don’t let embarrassment about bathroom challenges keep you from getting the support you need.