Diabetes and Crohns do not play well together!

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lil annie
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   Posted 1/18/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with Crohn's about 10 months ago. I am new here and am hoping that I can find help in figuring out what to eat to manage both diseases. The foods my GI doc says to eat for easy digestions are ones I shouldn't eat for the diabetes. Foods I should eat to manage diabetes generally cause major GI distress. My insurance will not cover a nutritionist, a dietician or a diabetes educator. Can anyone help?

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   Posted 1/18/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I've found that my crohn's is not effected by what I eat. I gained a lot of weight while I was pregnant like 60 pounds. So what I've done to loose the weight is southbeach diet. Its worked, plus I exercise, just walking makes a big diff. Stay away from red meat it is the hardest thing to digest its not good for people to eat let alone if you have crohns my sister has crohns like me but she has diabetes too. I know how hard dieting is take baby steps. if you want a sweet, which I love buy only stuff made from splenda. That is why the south beach diet is go good try it. I'm not going to lie the first wk is really hard but you can do it. I've tried alot of diets and this on has worked for me. Good luck hope this helps.

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   Posted 1/18/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to say fried food do bother me so I would stay away from that.  Also some peopel w/CD have Coeliac disease a gulten intol.  so if you do one way to find out is to stop eating gultens and if you do the Southbeach diet you will be able to tell.  If you dont want to do that diet there are gulten free pastas, breads, pizzas etc. in the health food section of your grocery(although Wal-mart does not carry these items).  I hope this has helped some;)

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 1/19/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ashyla03, I found out I had Crohn's 3½ years ago during an emergency resection. I was put on Prednisone and developed steroid-induced diabetes. I struggled for quite a while with this dietary issue. I have been able to control both issues by just avoiding what makes me ill. So far, it's just mainly salad all by itself. If I have a salad as a meal I'm done. I eat lots of grilled chicken and fish. I'll also drink V-8 to get my vegetables. That doesn't seem to bother me.

I have to admit that my weakness is mashed potatoes. I haven't been able to give those up. My biggest comfort food. I just keep a close I on my BG. My HA1c has been holding steady at around 6.4 for 3 years now.
Vicky / 49 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 (28) 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, Lisinopril

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