Colonoscopy with diabetes

By 10fluffy35 Latest Reply 2011-06-08 13:58:04 -0500
Started 2011-06-06 16:46:07 -0500

I just wondered how this works, when you can't have any food
for the day before. Won't that drop your sugar too low.?
I like many have been putting this off.

9 replies

helen7898 2011-06-08 13:58:04 -0500 Report

I am a type 2 diabetes and just had a colonoscopy. When i went in in the morning they checked my BS before the treatment and said that they would monitor it. After they check it again along with my BP. I came out of it fine. The fasting the day before was hard, but you have to drink that nasty stufff. It didn't lower my sugar, but raised it the next day along with my blood pressue, as it has alot of salt in it. Go for it, it might save your life.

Tigereyze209 2011-06-08 00:12:49 -0500 Report

I had one done about 6-8 months ago.. I was a little hungry the morning of the procedure, but okay. In truth, the only real discomfort I has was the leftover gas in my system. And, it was almost worth the discomfort and perceived embarrassment to find out that my colon was clear, and I can await five years before having to repeat the procedure.
They found one tiny benign polyp, and snipped it right out, painlessly.
Seriously, little to worry about, it is not as bad as it sounds.
Good luck and may God bless you.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-07 16:15:43 -0500 Report

Like the others said, "It might save your life." They removed precancerous polyps during my colonoscopy. So glad I fnally had it done.
The my liguid diet was jell-o (got to enjoy the real sugar stuff), beef and chicken broth, white grape juice (yes the real sruff) and they allowed me to have glucerna. The list said no red or orange liguids or any juice with pulp and no milk. I also had some fruit bars without pulp.
My BG was ok, a little low by the morning. They scheduled me for the first one in the morning, standard operating procedure for them. I told them my BG number. They told me to do that on their instruction sheet.
Everything was easy. The bowl prep was the worst part. My mom and sister told me to set up a tray with all I needed in the BR, including a magazine and Ipod. There was alot of waiting around time while drinking the MIralax Crystal Light cocktail.

re1ndeer 2011-06-06 17:04:30 -0500 Report

I've had several colonoscopies. You will have a liquid diet the day before, broths, jello, white soda. You will not be able to consume any product that is either red or purple. (as this shows up as blood on the test).

Test your self as you would normally , after consuming for example broth for lunch. Take your medications as prescribed. Normally after midnight they tell you to stop all medications. If you are on HBP meds they may say you can take with a sip of water before procedure (This depends on your doctor) Check your blood glucose before leaving for your procedure.

Inform your medical team, what your numbers were they will take it from there. ( they can set up a IV drip with glucose if needed.) They will watch your blood sugars through out the procedure. The procedure normally lasts about 45 minutes. When you get back to your room you will be given juice. And they will check your sugars again.

This is totally boring, but must be done. Then about 5 p.m. the day before the procedure you will be told to drink a solution, either mixed with water or gatorade depending on your physcian.

It's not as bad as everyone thinks this is. Do it may just save your life.

granniesophie 2011-06-06 19:58:38 -0500 Report

Very true and very boring! Get yourself a good book and take it in the bathroom with you, since you will be spending lots of time in there the night before your procedure!
You can eat jello, and have chicken broth and white soda the day before. My doctor advised to eat regular jello, not the sugar free kind. Just not red or purple anything! And I did just fine with drinking lots and the jello. I tested lots and my sugar did not go low or high.
After the procedure I got nothing (my doctor was a creep!!) but I went home and my friend got me a sausage and egg mcmuffin and boy was it good! Then we went shopping all day!
It's a small price to pay for a test that may save your life. Go for it :)

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-06 20:29:18 -0500 Report

Wow! Iv'e never had one or been asked to have one. I guess I really do need to see an endo

Tigereyze209 2011-06-08 00:15:35 -0500 Report

Okay.. now *I* am curious.. is the specialty done by a proctologist? Or maybe a gastro-interologist? (bad spelling, I know.. they are not in my dictionary) Oppps.. if I'd have read just one more post, I'd have had my answer… In any case, thanks for the info.

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