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   Posted 11/12/2008 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 11/12/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant only). Mine will likely go away after I have the baby, but I am at risk of developing type 2 in the future, especially if I gain weight. We are pretty sure if I wasn't on pred, I wouldn't have diabetes either.

Right now, I'm on insulin (it's the only way to control sugar while pregnant and on pred), so I have to give myself needles everyday before I eat, then I have to check my sugar 2 hours after I eat and make sure it's in the "normal" range.

It is extremely hard to manage diabetes with crohn's disease, because the diets for the two can conflict with each other. I would like to say that the Maker's Diet is low glycemic diet excellent for both crohn's disease and diabetes, so you may want to look into it if you haven't already.

My typical daily diet includes sourdough bread (good for both CD and diabetes), lean meats, lots of veggies and fruits that I can tolerate, very little sugar, but I use honey in my tea and sometimes on toast, no or little processed food (usually have too many carbs anyway), and some gluten free cookies.

A person with diabetes should eat 1 protein (meat or beans), 1 carb (whole grain or white sourdough bread, pasta, cereal), and 1 veg. or fruit at EVERY meal. And should stick to a smaller amount of carbs.

The sugar levels you described may be able to be controlled by diet and you may not have to go on medicine for diabetes, if you have type 2 (which is much more likely than type 1).

Anyway, you can always check out the American or Canadian Diabetes Association websites. They are wonderful for info.

Don't despair, just do what you have to to stay as healthy as possible.

Best wishes!

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   Posted 11/13/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Note that carbohydrate restriction works very nicely for both Crohn's and diabetes. I suggest reading Lutz's book "Life Without Bread," and examining pursuit of a diet in which you need not worry quite so much about sugar and insulin by keeping your body in ketosis.

If there are any doubts as to the safety or efficacy of this diet, then I would recommend reading "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Taubes. It is a meticuluously researched and well-referenced text that addresses the subject in a remarkably straightforward manner. Unfortunately, his writing style is a bit tedious so it is best consumed in small portions.

Good luck.

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 11/13/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Darn, I'm really sorry to hear that. Diabetes is one of those things that is always lurking behind the scenes for us. Please keep us updated.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 25mg Methotrexate. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Betaine, digestive enzymes, Candicin (oil of oregano capsules), Beta Sitosterol.

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

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   Posted 11/14/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
They will prob. do a three month average to determine if you are diabetic and if its type 1 or 2. I am type 2 but border on type 1 and am fighting now to stay off of insulin. The diet for diabetes is opposite of that for crohns and I have to walk a line between them. Not fun. When you see a nutricianist be sure to discuss this . Do you know what foods upset your crohns the most ? I kept a diary for a long time and found out just what I must avoid at all cost. You may want to do the same. If your doc comes up with a great med please let me know. I am on actos plus med, and Junevia. So far the junevia has given me the best results but Doc wants me to lose weight and that is very hard to do with the two diets I balance. Good luck, I will keep you in my prayers.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 11/14/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
A little over two years ago I found out I had Crohn's during an emergency resection.  I was put on prednisone and 6-mp after that.  2½ months later I was back in the hospital with a terrible reaction to the 6mp.  Bone marrow suppression.  While I was in isolation the doctor that was in charge of my case poked his head into my room and asked me if anyone had told me I was diabetic?  NO!!! 
So within a 3 month period of time I found out I had a terrible, life long disease, major surgery, bone marrow failure, steriod-induced diabetes, 2 hospitalization and a life changing realization.  No wonder I had to go on cymbalta. tongue
Just a little bit of information for you.  I started off having to take injections of insulin but the longer I was off Pred the better control I got of my diabetes.  I then was moved over to Metformin where I started off taking 2 pills at day, then 1 and now I'm down to 1/2.  My HA1c has been holding steady at 6 which is my goal.  Anything over 7 is abnormal.
I hoping that what you have is steriod-induced diabetes and that when you are off pred your blood sugar will go back to normal.  I certainly hope I never have to go back on pred again.
Vicky / 48 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 (27) 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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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 11/14/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Please look into the resources above and look at the SCD. This could be very helpful for Crohn's/Diabetes combo. When I began to follow it for Crohn's and Crohn's Arthritis, Hubby's Diabetes was way out of control. now he is off all meds, and he eats many things that are not SCD legal. Good Health and Peace !

              Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly!                  
     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 11/23/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I, too am a Type 1 Diabetic with Crohn's disease. I do walk a tight rope dealing with both disaease. I've had Diabetes since 1995 and was diagnose with Crohn's in 2005. I also have Oesteoarthitis, which makes it difficult in knowing which pain is coming from which disease. And to make my world more challenging, is I suffer from memory problems and fatique. My biggest thorn, is dealing with people who says you don't look sick and add more pressure to my smooth sailing world :)

I know that many of you are suffering and I pray that you can find your inner strenght to deal with lifes speed bump's.
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