Persons who suffer from diabetes could also be at a higher risk of suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. Diabetes affects many organs and nerves across the body. One of the consequences of diabetes could be damage to the nerves lining the gastrointestinal system, leading to symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Diarrhea and constipation are common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. However, there are other symptoms that may cause serious discomfort and make it difficult for a person to work for long periods of time. For instance, irritable bowel syndrome often leads to nausea and fatigue. The person may suffer from bloating, and experience the urgent need to visit the toilet several times in an hour. This, by itself, can make it difficult for a person to work in certain types of occupations. For instance, a person who works in an occupation that requires him/her to travel frequently, or meet with clients every day may find managing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome extremely difficult, if not impossible.
Irritable bowel syndrome can also result in malnutrition, which, in turn, can cause weight loss, anemia and chronic fatigue. A person who suffers from severe fatigue, for instance, will not be able to perform many types of jobs. If your diabetes results in irritable bowel syndrome symptoms that are so serious that they make it difficult for you to work at your regular job, then you could be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.