How does removal of your gal blader affect your diabetic treatment plan?

By Tigereyze209 Latest Reply 2011-05-06 00:38:27 -0500
Started 2011-05-04 21:41:05 -0500

I have been away from posting a little bit because of surgery. My gal bladder got infected, and they had to remove it to save my life.
I am well along on the road to full recovery, but I have to admit, I have no idea how the loss of that organ affects my diet, or more importantly, whatever adjustments, if any, I need to make to my treatment plan for dealing with my type 2 diabetes.
I also have to wonder, am I STILL considered a type 2 now that I have to take insulin?
ANY information and advice that the good folks on here can give me would be greatly appreciated.

7 replies

GabbyPA 2011-05-05 08:19:03 -0500 Report

The gallbladder is what stores the bile from your liver for the break down of fats in your foods. It doesn't stop that process, it just removes the storage step of it. It shouldn't change your body function too much, but fatty foods are things you need to be cautious of.

The removal shouldn't change your diabetes. You can still be type 2 and on insulin. The two diabetic diagnosis's are very different diseases, insulin is not the deciding factor. The pain and infection being removed should help your sugars to be in better control

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-04 22:38:53 -0500 Report

Okay, we're all grown ups here. When I was in the hospital nurses kept "warning" me that I was going to have diarrhea all the time. For tfe first year or so I was convinced that they were (thankfully) wrong. Well it started…
For the past several years I almost always have diarrhea. Unfortunately occasionally I have no warning and don't make It to the bathroom in time. Gosh, those are the fun times.

Tigereyze209 2011-05-06 00:38:27 -0500 Report

Wow, that IS an unfortunate side affect. Mostly, the only thing I was warned of is to really watch the "fatty foods" as they could cause serious indigestion.
I have only tried it once so far, with some fried chicken. Man, it was so good going down! I can't say it exactly made me feel sick, but my tummy was a bit queezy.
I will like it better when my belly stops feeling so tender.
At least they did it through my belly button, which supposedly is better than than the big cut through the belly.
They warned me, I'd have lots of gas for at least a couple of weeks, and by golly, they were sure right.
They also had to put in something called a J-P drain. I must say, when the doctor pulled that rascal out, the pain was so intense, it was litteraly indescribable. I always thought the expression, seeing stars was a figure of speech.. turns out, not so. I also saw a blinding white flash of light, and was unable to move or take a full breath for almost a full half of an hour afterwards.
Thank god for the pain medication they allowed me to take as needed. Well, because I in fact DID need it.
Sigh, I do so hope you are wrong in your prediction of future incontinance.

jayabee52 2011-05-05 04:35:06 -0500 Report

Yes we are adults here! Thinking about kidding you and saying "eeuuww!" but I won't.

Yes I've had fun times like that, where I couldn't control it, in other people's bathrooms as well as my own. It seemed like the "fun" never ends sometimes.

edvel54 2011-05-04 22:11:58 -0500 Report

I had my gallbladder out several years ago and it had no effect on my diabetes. Yes you are still a type 2.
I am curious to what side effects cookie is talking about.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-04 22:02:25 -0500 Report

I got my gull bladder removed several years before I was diagnosed with T2 . I don't know how old you are but I hope they warned you about one of the most fun possible side effects

Tigereyze209 2011-05-04 22:06:43 -0500 Report

I am 52, turning 53 in October. And now you have my curiosity peaked. I have no clue what side effect you could be hinting about.

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