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kricket116
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 7/5/2006 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone!  I have been posting on the Ulcerative Colitis board for a couple months.  I've been battling that for a year.
However, during my last pregnancy almost 2 1/2 years ago, I developed gestational diabetes.  After the birth of my child, I have lost about 30 pounds but lately- the past couple months I haven't been eating so well due to my ulcerative colitis. The diabetes went away right after her birth.
 
Monday, I went to the doctor for a bladder infection.  When they checked my urine, there was sugar in it.  I had not had breakfast and had been drinking lots and lots of cranberry juice that day and the night prior.
 
They did a blood test and I am getting the results later.  I went ahead on my own and took my fasting sugar this morning at it was 175!!! That said, I had so much junk and sugar last night at a 4th BBQ.
 
I am really worried about this.  I am 5'5", 146 pounds and 34.
 
Any suggestions?  Do you think this might be pre diabetes or type 2?  Can I try to get this under control with diet and exercise?
 
Thanks for any help/advice!
 
KC

Chutsman
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   Posted 7/5/2006 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
If the cranberry juice was from the supermarket then you can be sure it was loaded with sugar and will probably take a few days to get it out of your sytem. And I'll bet the BBQ didn't help either.  If you are not exercising at all now then I would definitely try that first.  But do it regularly - like at least 5 or 6 days each week.  Don't do it just all on one or two days.



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Post Edited (Chutsman) : 7/5/2006 11:34:58 AM (GMT-6)


Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/5/2006 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
kricket,
Not to panic. It will be ok. Even if you are Type2 and need to go on insulin it's not the big deal it used to be. I probably had gestational diabetes with my last child (9lb. 4oz. 10 days early!) and was not diagnosed until about 11 years ago. She is 24 yrs old now so I was silently diabetic for over 10 years before it was found. It wasn't until I had vision changes that new tests were run and I was diagnosed.

There is medication to help your body adjust and there are dieticians who spend years learning how to construct eating plans for people with special needs like yours. If you need to go in insulin it is easier than applying mascara (Honest!) and hurts less than plucking your eyebrows! I give myself an injection of 15 units of Lantus insulin (in the real world this is about three drops) at bedtime in my hip. It's made from cloned human DNA so it works very well. I follow my food plan and take my meds and it's no huge deal.

We will be here to walk you through it and help you at every question. I'm glad to make a new friend, but not for the reason. You can do this, girlfriend and it will be ok.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


kricket116
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 7/5/2006 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for the encouraging words.  My doctor called and I have to go in for a fasting blood test next week.  She did blood work Monday after I had 4 huge cups of cranberry juice and my blood sugar was 213.  Yikes!  I know that I can do a lot to help my body- eat better and exercise regularly.  I have been so sick with my ulcerative colitis and when I started feeling better, I just ate too well- if you know what I mean.
 
I am so grateful to have a place like this to come to.  My family, while supportive, doesn't quite understand it all.  It it so nice to know you all are here.
 
KC

kipster
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   Posted 7/24/2006 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
KC - Our stories are almost identical. I have suffered with UC for 6 years and had gestational diabetes 2 1/2 yrs ago with my pregnancy. I was diagnosed w/ Type II diabetes in May (went in for a pain that turned out to be kidney stone) and my avg blood sugars were running around 250! I talked to the dietician about the conflict in diets with these two diseases and she said they would always make my UC priority. They put me on Metformin (no insulin necessary to start) and my BS is now averaging around 120-130. I also started eating low carb (per their directive) and it seems to help not only the BS but the UC too (because no carbs-no sugar to aggravate the UC!!) plus I've lost 20 pounds! Don't worry - you'll be fine!! Hang in there!! :-)
Kip
"I just want to take my baby for a walk without worry"
 
Diagnosed UC: 9-2000
Currently taking Imuran and Endocort


Jeannie143
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   Posted 7/24/2006 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Kipster,
welcome to HealingWell. Glad to see someone who is making it work! You go Girl!
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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