Hi Beth, Ceebee is a good source for information since you're both taking prednisone. Avoiding food that has carbs will help control your blood sugar while you're on pred and hopefully you'll be able to come off it eventually and get back to your normal diet. Ceebee described a food plan that's low carb which is a basic way to keep blood sugar to more normal levels. You'll have to use your judgement about what to eat so you don't creates UC flares. Since you don't know what your blood sugar readings are and the doctor says they were only "slightly elevated", you might be able to eat whole grain products or fruit along with all kinds of meat and the vegetables that are not full of carbs. Basically those vegetables on the no-no list would be potatoes and peas, then root vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes - although since these last two have fiber, you might be able to eat them and do ok. It's hard to say since you can't monitor your own blood sugar after you eat. Starchy vegs like beans also have fiber but may cause a slow rise in blood sugar. If you're going back next month for another blood test, if I were you, I'd stick to meat, cheese, eggs, low-carb vegetables and leafy greens if you can eat them and see how your tests come out. Too bad patients can't be given "loaner" blood glucose monitors while they're on pred. This would tell you how the flood affects your blood sugar. The "no white food diet" (except cauliflower) means no bread, cake, cookies or anything made with the word flour in the ingredients, no sugar in any form and no honey, no rice or potatoes. This is strictly low carb. As I said before, though, you might be able to eat whole grain products and do fine. Some people can eat natural fruit. Sorry you've got these complications from the meds you have to take. I hope everything is resolved soon!
Post Edited (LanieG) : 2/11/2008 9:10:29 AM (GMT-7)
Oh yeah, wine is a great ally in the endless quest for normal blood sugars.
It has an many effects on the liver (!) one of which is to inhibit gluconeogenesis (the production of blood sugars from raw materials other than glucose). In my experience, a glass or two in the evening pretty much guarantees me normal blood sugars first thing the next day.
Slainte! as we say over here.
All the best,