Diabetes (pre) and Crohn's....... What to eat?

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   Posted 2/28/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   


      I have recently been diagnosed with both Prediabetes (whatever that  means) and Crohns.  I have noticed there are a few others that post here that are in the same boat.

     What I am wondering is what am i supposed to eat?  The diets are almost oppositeof one another.  So far I have figured out I think I can have chicken and that's about it. Oh, forgot to mention the high cholesterol.

     I am having a very hard time dealing with the diagnosis of Diabetes.  My beloved father took his life because of advanced complications of Diabetes.  I am feeling totally overwhelmed and wonder if it is even worth trying.  Oh, forgot to mention my Depression.

     Any suggestions are warmly welcomed.   You folks are truely amazing, in fact, you guys ROCK.   Thanks



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   Posted 2/28/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pebbles, sorry to hear about your father and also depression. Having a chronic illness in itself can be depressing. I recommend going to therapy, I am about too, I have went before dealing w/my mothers mental/physcial illness and it just helped me sort out my feelings.

Anyhow, you are not alone and it stinks being on prednisone and dealing w/all those issues and then to have this come up it's just another whammy. I believe everyone gets something (trying to make myself feel better). Try to be positive and hope for the best.

For food I can pretty much tolerate anything, though my colon has a new bad response to citrus fruit, which I am not happy about, maybe b/c I still have some inflammation.

below is what my diet consists of lately....

For breakfast I have become a pro at making omlettes, I use egg whites.
spray pan w/olive oil cooking spray
1/2 tsp of minced garlic
4 egg whites
1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese, half of that on inside of the omelette other 1/2 on the outsides.

for lunch have been doing salad with chicken and I just love orange peppers.

Dinner, fish, meat or chicken w/the steam fresh veggies (think it's birds eye brand). I am also on low salt and use Mrs. Dash marinades also alot of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh herbs and spices.

Snacks, banana, grapes and cashews and fruit popsicles (that is a bit of cheating)

For yogurt I do a greek yogurt. Check out Trader Joe's if you have one near you or a whole foods type market.

My doc just told me to not eat refined carbs and sugars and also separatey i'm doing low salt.  Don't know if that is ok for you but I am still eating the veggies and fruits, don't want to say that is ok for you b/c I really don't know much at all.


Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ no blood since Dec 07 ~ almost normal bm
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday.  Potassium 100mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

Post Edited (Beth75) : 2/28/2008 2:03:10 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/28/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi pebbles, welcome over here to Diabetes.  I can imagine you are feeling overwhelmed with the two.  While I don't know about the dietary limitations for Crohn's, I can tell you simply that all forms of carbohydrates can raise blood sugar.  This includes carbs from vegetables and fruit, but since each of us metabolizes sugars differently and maybe at different rates, you'd have to test yourself with your glucose monitor to see how your body reacts to certain food.  I'm so sorry about your father.  Please do not despair because of the diabetes because there are lots of ways to grab control of the blood sugar and you and your doctor will be able to do that.  You can eat chicken and all meats and fish, vegetables (but not potatoes), cheeses, eggs.  If the doctor said "pre-diabetes", he probably means your blood sugar is on the high side of normal but creeping upwards, so you need to watch the food with carbs.  Nothing made with sugar or flour.  Some people can eat whole grain bread; others can't.  As I said, we all metabolize carbs differently.  If you need to lose weight, a low carb diet will help you do that.  Adding some kind of exercise (if you don't do it already) is also important.  Other members here may help you more with the Crohn/diabetes combination, so hang on.  Ask questions! 

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 2/29/2008 1:47 AM (GMT -7)   

My Mom had diabetes for 40 years before she passed at 84 years of age. By careful care, she had none of the complications of diabetes. My sister, on the other hand, never could accept she had diabetes and passed of complications at 49 years of age. We have the power to control this disease if we want. We just have to get to know our own bodies and how they work. I found this place and learned how to take control and by doing that, never felt depressed. I didn't have time..had to learn all I could and begin a new way of eating. Very time consuming!LOL Depression is hard, it runs in my family also with suicides. Not in immediate family but uncles and cousins. If you need help, please get counseling, keep reaching out. There are more people who care than you know:) Good luck.
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