Just like everyone else, people suffering from diabetes can also experience diarrhea for a variety of reasons. While the usual causes such as food poisoning, bacterial or viral infections, and even IBS can make you miserable with those countless trips to the bathroom, diabetic patients face another major issue which can give them unexplained diarrhea.

Diabetic diarrhea is a manifestation of autonomic neuropathy which affects the autonomic nerves in the digestive tract. This can result in diarrhea, vomiting, extreme nausea, and heartburn. However, it should be noted that losing control over the intestinal nerves is not the only reason for diabetic diarrhea. It can also be caused by bacterial overgrowth, and pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, the diagnosis of which depends on a complete clinical assessment accompanied by laboratory evaluation. [1]

While anti-diarrheal drugs, antibiotics, and some somatostatin analogues can provide temporary relief, it is possible to manage this condition by natural means, too.

Brown Rice For Diabetic Diarrhea
Loaded with fiber and vitamin B, brown rice assists in controlling the different symptoms of diarrhea. It is gentle on the system and helps in eliminating toxins from the body and improving digestion.

Mash one banana in a bowl of well-cooked brown rice and eat it like a porridge. [2] The pectin contained in the banana will soak up any extra water and provide relief from diarrhea.

However, be mindful when eating brown rice since too much can result in an upsurge in your blood glucose levels. Eat in small portions over the course of the entire day. Also, remember to speak to your physician about the same.

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1. Ogbonnaya KI, Arem R. Diabetic diarrhea. Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. Arch Intern Med. 1990 Feb;150(2):262-7. Review. PubMed PMID: 2405798.

2. Haider R, Azad Khan AK, Roy SK, Dewan N, Alam AN, Mahalanabis D. Management of acute diarrhoea in diabetic patients using oral rehydration solutions containing glucose, rice, or glycine. BMJ. 1994 Mar 5;308(6929):624-6. PubMed PMID: 8148710; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2539740.

With a Master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Exeter,UK and a diploma in food science & quality control, Stephlina is intrigued with the intricacies of the human body. She shares a deep interest in human diseases and believes that popping pills is not the only solution to fight an ailment.