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Jay2
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   Posted 3/7/2010 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I was  recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

 

A while back, I saw, on one of the boards, a person writing about how, when things got bad, he would practically live on Ensure dietary supplements and baby food.

 

I tried the Ensure drinks, and I really like the taste of the “homemade vanilla shakes.”

 

In fact, I’ve been drinking quite a bit of vanilla Ensure in recent weeks.

 

Aside from occasional stomach rumbling and minor Acid Reflux (I’ve got that too,) they don’t seem to affect me much.

 

The Ensure drinks taste great, but I am starting to wonder if I’m having too much of a good thing.

 

Are the Ensure drinks designed to be used long-term?

 

For instance, can I have them for all three meals for two months, without losing out on some critical nutrient? (I have not done this, but want to know, in case I wish to try.)

 

Are their any Crohn’s or other complications resulting from drinking too much Ensure?

 

Thank you so much for your help.

 

Jay


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   Posted 3/7/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the Ensure can be used long-term as a meal-replacement drink in place of regular meals. There shouldn't be any complications, and in fact, exclusive use of the formula for several weeks may induce remission if you're lucky.

Jay2
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   Posted 3/7/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you. That's great news.

Jay

ozonehole
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   Posted 3/7/2010 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd like to ask a question of some of you. Where I live, in Taiwan, Ensure is sold as a powder which you mix with water. When I was in the USA, I only saw it for sale as a liquid drink in cans or bottles. I am just wondering (it's mainly idle curiosity) how, in your country, is Ensure sold.


Ensure, as it's sold in Taiwan

It certainly seems to me that it's better to sell it as a powder. It's got to be less expensive, and much less plastic/metal waste.
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections


teddybearweiser
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   Posted 3/8/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ensure is sold liquid here in the usa.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on and Humira. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Rider Fan
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   Posted 3/8/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd buy the powder if it was cheaper, but I've never seen that in Canada.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


Zanne
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I just googled Ensure powder and you can buy it online from multiple sources, one being the manufacturer. 14oz cans/6 pack for $65.93. I have no idea and the product website doesn't say how many servings the 14oz can mixes into, so I don't know if that is a cheaper option. But I'm sure the customer service number at the website could help. If you are going to be using it on a long term basis, it might be worth looking into. My mom was on this for months, but we just got it at the local store. At the time it came in cans and had a bit of a canned taste. Its much better now.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


What A Life
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't recall ever taking ensure. I would imagine this is lactose-free correct? Milk and I are not exactly the best of friends..> Even lactose-free milk gets me gassy. I'm almost thinking it's mind over matter with me! lol

Wouldn't you lose a ton of weight doing just an all-ensure diet for two months, or does it have tons of calories/carbs? My problem is, I go through days that I just can't stop eating.. I don't think I could do a liquid diet persay.

DarrylP
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
What A Life said...
I can't recall ever taking ensure. I would imagine this is lactose-free correct? Milk and I are not exactly the best of friends..> Even lactose-free milk gets me gassy. I'm almost thinking it's mind over matter with me! lol

Wouldn't you lose a ton of weight doing just an all-ensure diet for two months, or does it have tons of calories/carbs? My problem is, I go through days that I just can't stop eating.. I don't think I could do a liquid diet persay.
I just recently wrote in my own thread not too long ago about my trials with an all-Ensure diet. I lasted 4 days until i had to give up, i got the worst stomach pains from basically being starving, and i was drinking 6-7 a day, which is darn $$$. While i am glad some get relief going on that style of diet, its certainly not for me, was a horrible experience.
 


Rider Fan
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   Posted 3/8/2010 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
The high calorie Ensure/Boost is gluten and lactose free, at least in Canada. The regular one's have dairy.

Darryl - where you getting the 'Plus' calories? I find these shakes quite filling at 360 calories per serving.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


Jay2
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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks to all for the excellent replies.

 

I ‘ve been drinking the regular vanilla Ensures with “immuBalance.” The label says that they contain milk and soy ingredients, but also says that they are “Lactose-And Gluten-Free.”

 

Regarding the price, I get them at Costco for $29.99 for $30. I heard BJ’s has similar pricing. The downside is that those 30-can cases weigh a ton. Next time, I will open the cases in the cart and place the ensure bottles in my trunk one-at a-time. My back is killing from lifting those cases yesterday.

 

Thanks again,

 

Jay


DarrylP
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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Rider Fan said...
The high calorie Ensure/Boost is gluten and lactose free, at least in Canada. The regular one's have dairy.

Darryl - where you getting the 'Plus' calories? I find these shakes quite filling at 360 calories per serving.

That i was, a 6-pack of Ensure Plus provides about 2100 calories (6 X 360cals)....this is a little over half of my usual intake of about 3500-4000 calories, the 1500-2000 missing calories is hugely noticed by my body
 


Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/8/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Liquid Ensure-Butter Pecan. Yum! In Canada I've never seen the powder but would use ensure more often if the cost was lower. Gluten and lactose free 250 calories per 235ml.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


pimfram
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   Posted 3/8/2010 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I pretty much lived on Ensure high protein for about 2 weeks. Actually tastes good and has quite good nutrition. It's around $6 for a 6-pack, so it's not cheap.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

Amor fati - Nietzsche


ozonehole
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   Posted 3/9/2010 3:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Zanne said...
I just googled Ensure powder and you can buy it online from multiple sources, one being the manufacturer. 14oz cans/6 pack for $65.93. I have no idea and the product website doesn't say how many servings the 14oz can mixes into, so I don't know if that is a cheaper option. But I'm sure the customer service number at the website could help. If you are going to be using it on a long term basis, it might be worth looking into. My mom was on this for months, but we just got it at the local store. At the time it came in cans and had a bit of a canned taste. Its much better now.


Taiwan

Local price:

1 can: = 900 grams (1.98 pounds, or 31.74 ounces)
cost: NT$700, or US$21.92
$/oz: US$0.69/oz

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USA

According to Zanne's price quote (for USA, I think):

14 oz X 6 = 84 oz
$65.93/84oz = US$0.78/oz

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So, it's cheaper in Taiwan. But probably not worth your while to fly over here to buy it.

cheers,
Robert
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections

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