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How do other illnesses affect myotonic dystrophy?

Other illnesses do not affect myotonic dystrophy, but myotonic dystrophy is often associated with complications. Persons with myotonic dystrophy can develop diabetes or insulin resistance; heart problems; respiratory problems; gastrointestinal problems, including constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome; cataracts; and impaired mental function. These complications vary in prevalence and severity among individuals and populations.

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