Type I diabetes for 50 years and newly diagnosed colitis

By Islet Latest Reply 2012-02-15 12:18:41 -0600
Started 2012-02-15 09:24:24 -0600

I need help from readers of Diabetic Connect. I have been Type I diabetic since childhood (50 years) on Levemir and Humalog injections.

I recently spent two weeks in local hospital following severe abdominal pain. I was diagnosed with Severe Ischemic Colitis and have been placed on a low residue (low fiber diet). During hospitalization, I received lots of fluids with magnesium and potassium, and am presently deficit in protein and albumin.
I know no one with colitis. I would like to hear from readers with colitis about what they eat, how to combine the low fiber diet with low carb diet.
At this time, I am eating baked fish without skin, chicken baked without skin, very lean hamburger baked, pork chop baked with non spicy barbeque sauce, and low fat cottage cheese.
The allowed vegetables are green beans, squash, carrots, asparagus - mostly canned. I am concerned about too much carb with adding mac and cheese and potatoes without skin which are allowed . I was advised to use white bread only but the gastro staff are saying wheat bread without much fiber/grain would also be okay? I am confused.
Would appreciate any feedback from your readers or your staff.

5 replies

jayabee52 2012-02-15 12:18:41 -0600 Report

Ann please see my first reply to you toward the bottom of these replies. I have some resource links there you may want to investigate and I pray are of help to you.

I just want to commiserate with you about your meal plan. I have both T2 diabetes AND Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) whiich have radicallly different meal plans. In fact it is much like your meal plan, without the mac and cheese (I have to avoid dairy products due to the CKD and the white potatoes also — due to both my T2 and the CKD)

I know you are T1 but what I had done as a T2 was to AVOID all breads and anything with flour or corn products. It might not get you off insulin (as it did for me) but it MAY reduce your need to take in more insulin than is needed. I'd be willing to share this should you request it.

I also send with it a way to use one's BG meter to test which foods "play nice" with one's metabolism and which ones don't. That may well be worth the read right there.

Blessings to you and yours!


LennyDenny 2012-02-15 11:45:08 -0600 Report

I agree with Jayabee on the Crohns site. I am a member there and just like here there are so many people with the same things that we have. I was diagnosed with crohns about 40 years ago, it started with a diagnoses of colitis. I am a type 2 with a lot of other problems. One diet I've been on for the last 8 years is the Mediterranean diet. You can have a lot of fish, chichen, turkey, pork and some lean beef. The list of veggies is pretty good also. Check with your gasto dr and see what he says. My gasto, cardio and pulmonary drs. all recommend it. I have not had many problems with my blood sugars with this diet. Take a look and see what you think. I say that educate yourself as much as possible and you will be ok.

GabbyPA 2012-02-15 10:37:44 -0600 Report

Welcome aboard. It is so hard when two illnesses exist where the treatment is so opposite. There are several members who have had discussions on this before and there may be some insight there. Here is a link to the discussions that might help: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=colitis&by=relevancy
Here are some articles on it and whole grain diets that might help as well. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles?query=colitis&by=relevancy

jayabee52 2012-02-15 10:30:44 -0600 Report

Howdy Ann and WELCOME to Diabetic connect!

Ann, I am very concerned that you put your contact information out on a discussion board which could be read on a Google search ( and other search engines). Did you know that? I "red flagged" this out of concern for your safety. Here is the report I wrote to the community manager:

"Ann is not aware that these discussions Can be read by search engines. Perhaps it would be good and a kindness to her if you might remove her street address and her phone number. I am concerned she'll get unwanted phone calls and perhaps unwanted visits to her home."

Perhaps I overstepped my bounds but I am concerned when ANYONEs contact information gets out and floats around the internet and may get into the hands of ne'er do wells who may do some seriously bad things to you, like identity theft, or unwanted phone calls or unwanted visits to your home. I'd hate for your safety to be compromised like that.

Now on to your question.

Perhaps you could find answers as well on 2 other sister sites of DC: Crohns connect, and IBS connect. Mouseover the "visit another community" at the top of this page, and you will get a dropdown box. Select the community you wish to visit. You can look without joining or signing in but to sign in all you need do is to enter your login info and password from DC and you're in!

(I am on the IBS site but not on crohn's)

While looking over the crohn's site researching this reply, I found a link to a discussion on digestive disorders Which lead me to this article on UC here ~ http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs...

I also found something on UC on Medline here ~ http://vsearch.nlm.nih.gov/vivisimo/cgi-bin/q... This page has about 300+ links to other discussions of UC. One of those links looks really promising, for finding what you want

The link is from the Crohn's and Colitus foundation of America. (It is a PDF file and usually these load slowly so be patient!) The title is "Living with Ulcerative Colitus" and may be found here ~ http://www.ccfa.org/frameviewer/?url=/media/p... ~ beginning with p 19 of the document the discussion of diet begins, so you'll want to pay attention to that.

I pray my answer will be of help to you, Ann.

James Baker

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