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Chronic Constipation & Diarrhea in Diabetics

Am J Gastroenterol; ePub 2018 Nov 8; Sommers, et al

Chronic diarrhea (CD) is significantly more prevalent in people with diabetes compared to those without, while chronic constipation (CC) is not, according to a new study. Analyses were performed using data from individuals in the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) dataset who completed the Bowel Health Questionnaire. Among the findings:

  • 661 persons with diabetes and 4,488 individuals without diabetes were identified.
  • Subjects with diabetes (25.8%) reported disordered bowel habits.
  • In unadjusted analysis, CD was more prevalent in those with diabetes than in those without diabetes (11.2% vs 6.0%).
  • However, the prevalence of CC was not significantly different between groups (14.6% vs 11.2%).
  • Diabetes remained associated with CD after adjusting for covariates.

Citation:

Sommers T, Mitsuhashi S, Singh P, et al. Prevalence of chronic constipation and chronic diarrhea in diabetic individuals in the United States. [Published online ahead of print November 8, 2018]. Am J Gastroenterol. doi:10.1038/s41395-018-0418-8.