Anyone also have diabetes?

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Jen77
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   Posted 12/5/2007 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Went to the doctor yesterday because my blood pressure has been high again. I take Toprol 25 mg for it. Just wasn't doing the job, so he raised my dose. Well my doctor asks me if I've been dieting since I saw him last. I said no. He says "Well you've lost 20 pounds in the past year. Which is fine if there is nothing wrong, but can be a sign of diabetes." I asked if it could be related to Crohn's, he said yeah if you've been flaring. I've actually had a pretty good year with my Crohn's. He asked me other questions, like if I'm thirsty a lot, or urinate more then usual. I do seem to urinate quite a bit, but I always thought that was from having a BIG baby 9 years ago! I've been told my bladder isn't exactly in the same place pre-baby! ;)
 
So he took a blood test, and I'll find out soon hopefuly. Diabetes runs in my family, and the thought scares me. That's the last thing I need! How many serious chronic illnesses can one person handle. :(
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.


curley
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   Posted 12/5/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not have diabetes there are some here that is.I keep a check on mine because diabetes runs on my mothers side big time.Every one on my mothers side have it and I do know that she has to go a lot.
Curley
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rootsmith
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   Posted 12/5/2007 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have diabetes although I have a normal fasting blood glucose. My problem is after meals. There are 3 ways to diagnose diabetes 1) elevated fasting blood glucose 2) blood glucose over 200 2 hours after drinking 75 grams glucose drink and3) random blood glucose 200 or above and symptoms of diabetes

Many doctors rely on the fasting blood test but that is not enough. I am proof that you can have diabetes and have a normal fasting level. My 2 hour post glucose drink level was 225 on two different occasions. I was diagnosed by the Joslin Clinic in Boston and they are the experts on diabetes.

A baby over 9 lbs is evidence of high risk for diabetes. When I was in lab school in the 1970's we did a glucose tolerance test on every new mother who had a baby 9 lbs or greater. Now they screen early in pregnancy. My second child was 8lb 13 oz

If your doctor only did a fasting test you can buy yourself a cheap glucose meter in the pharmacy and test yourself after meals. Or you can ask for a glucose tolerance test.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


Jen77
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   Posted 12/5/2007 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info rootsmith. My son was a big 10 pounds 3 oz! They did test me while I was pregnant, and I didn't have diabetes at the time. But it's good to know that still was probably a risk factor. Funny thing was, I didn't fast for the blood test. Which I realized once I left the office. Although I didn't eat yet that morning, I did take my Questran in some sugary kool-aide! So I'm not sure how accurate those results are going to be. I will certainly be asking for more testing after getting these results back.

Scares me because my Great Grandfather lost both of his legs due to diabetes, and my Great Grandmother lost one leg (died before they could take the other one). My Grandfather had it, and wasn't great about taking care of it. Although he died from something else. So the thought of having it knowing that happened to my relatives is quite scary!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.


rootsmith
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   Posted 12/6/2007 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
You may not have diabetes but you are at high risk for it so it would help you to eat like you do have it. That may delay it from starting. The thinking these days is that you do not have to deprive yourself of any particular food you just have to keep total carb count in mind. Of course, you can't eat all empty carbs either, but nothing is off limits as long as you plan for it.

Your doctor may have done a random test, some do that instead of fasting. I have read the fasting level is the last to become abnormal. Some ob-gyns have you drink the sugary drink and then test after 1-2 hours, others just tell you to come in 1-2 hours after eating a high carb lunch. In my day all we ever got, unless there was reason to suspect, was a dipstick for glucose in the urine. I have never tested positive for glucose in the urine and I have diabetes! So a lot were missed I guess. In some women "gestational diabetes" goes away after the baby is born, in some it doesn't

10 lbs is a big baby!!!
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


Jen77
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   Posted 12/6/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
The diet is going to be hard for me. Because of the Crohn's many of the more healthy foods are off limits for me. Seems like the carb foods are more well tolerated. So that is going to be a challenge figuring out what I can eat! Glad to hear it isn't as strict as baked chicken and fish though! I may need to see a dietitian to figure it all out!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.


Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 12/6/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen,

I have diabetes. It was indirectly caused by Crohn's. I have what they call situational diabetes or steroid induced diabetes. Steroids can cause your blood sugar to go high. Last year during an emergency resection it was discovered I had Crohn's. I was put on Prednisone and 6-mp. Within a month or two I had to have my eyesight checked and an new prescription for my glasses. I also had extreme thirst and had to urinate all the time. I didn't realize what was going on until I ended up in the hospital because of a reaction to 6-mp. My doctor came in and said, "Did anyone tell you that you have diabetes?" So within 3 months I discovered I had Crohn's and had diabetes.

One year later I've been able to get off all insulin and am only on ½ pill, down from 2 pills a day. My tests are great but I still have to be careful with how much carbs and sugar I eat. I struggle also because both Chronic disease are effected by what I eat and of course they are conflicting diets. Good luck.

I would ask your doctor to do a HA1c blood test. that gives you a bg rating for 2-3 months instead of an instantaneous reading. A non-diabetic has a HA1c of under 6 and a diabetic needs to strive to have it under 7%. Monday mine was 5.6 so I'm still doing good.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
 
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
 
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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