Colonoscopy ?

By Catzen Latest Reply 2014-06-17 18:52:40 -0500
Started 2010-08-26 09:38:37 -0500

Has any one out ther has a colonoscopy as a diabetic ? I have one coming up. The insturctions they sent to me seems hard to follow. I am vegetarian on top of it. They want me to avoid all fruits, vegetables and grains for 3 days proir to the test. That is 90% of my diet ! The list said I could eat fish , yogurt , cottage cheese and pasta … but for 3 days !! Would appreciate any feed back .

8 replies

lorider70 2014-06-17 18:52:40 -0500 Report

My doctor suggested one due to a bout with an impacted bowel. I have had the impaction/constipation issue for a lot of years due to meds I am on. I have always resisted this proceedure and will continue to do so because of risk, discomfort, and the prep procedures. I may be making a mistake; but at 71 most of my string is out and I do not plan on wasting time and money having one done. If it were non invasive I might consider it.

Tripp3 2011-06-05 16:30:27 -0500 Report

My experiences with colonoscopy was not good. They had me scheduled for noon, which meant that I couldn't eat until after that. (The ambulance crew that afternoon found my blood at 23 mg/dL) Just make sure you will be first that morning, and things should be fine…

outrigger1945 2010-08-29 10:56:57 -0500 Report

I had a Colonoscopy and was on a liquid diet. Had to clean myself out. I coulld have jellow but there were some colors I could not eat and I had to this to keep my sugar up. I am glad I did they found an ifection and took care of it.

newbie51 2010-08-26 17:20:12 -0500 Report

My husband just had one and he was on a clear liquid diet yesterday. At 1 he had to take 4 dulcolax, at 2 he had a laxative to drink and then at 5 he had a bottle of miralax mixed with gatorade to drink. He had no problems at all. I had one done about a year ago and I ws on the same diet as he was and I had no problems. I guess it all depends on the doctor on what you do. But have no fear it is simple.

Harlen 2010-08-26 11:40:58 -0500 Report

I didnt eat 12 hr befor and used the laxative to clean out
Didnt have any problums befor or after
So dont fret its not that big a thing
OK here is the TMI how fast do you pass food -from the time you eat it till the time you get rid of it????? thats the time you realy need to cut all the fiber
as well as a cleenning out
Best wishes

Roy531 2010-08-26 10:15:57 -0500 Report

I was scheduled for one and the only thing they wanted me to do was they day before was to drink the laxative, three bottles 3 different time and put me on a clear liquid diet for the day before so I would be nice and clean before they went in with the camera crew. But I declined the offer because I do not have $500.00, my co-pay, to pay for it. My doctor set up the appointment, payed $50.00 to talk to them but that was as far as I got. The liquid diet they put me on was beef broth and chicken broth, they said the protein in the broth would maintain my sugars.


MAYS 2010-08-26 10:00:01 -0500 Report

I always read that a colonoscopy was risky for diabetics and cancer patients due to the risk of an infection.

Would it be too much to ask of you to keep us here, informed of your status after your colonoscopy?

The information (if given) may prove to be helpful to other members here, sometime in the future.


MAYS 2010-08-26 09:52:56 -0500 Report

I'm also a vegetarian, so I can understand your situation (diet wise).
The recommendation is based on the need to remove all fecal matter from within your system, the food items that are suggested that you consume, will not remain in your system long, and will actually help cleanse your system of most of the remaining fecal matter within your system.

The yogurt and cottage cheese will help restore \ replace some of the good bacteria that is needed by your system for proper functioning.
I could go into the details more, but it's better for you that you read this for a clearer explanation:


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