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Colonoscopy Prep For Hypoglycemics

Colonoscopy Prep For Hypoglycemics

I'm wondering if there's anyone who's had colonoscopies who's also hypoglycemic? I've been told I need to have a colonoscopy done, but I'm extremely worried about the prep part the day before, since I suffer from hypoglycemia and going too long without solid food--especially protein--could be potentially dangerous for me. I tend to get extremely light-headed, dizzy, and weak if I don't get enough protein and ingest primarily carbs and/or sugar, and I've come very close to passing out on many occasions in the past in these kinds of situations. I discussed these concerns with the GI doctor who wants me to have the colonoscopy done, but he didn't really have any solutions to offer me. Are there any other hypoglycemics out there who could give me any advice? I've been searching the internet as well, and apparently colonoscopy prep is a common dilemma for hypoglycemics and diabetics who have to worry about blood sugar. Beef or chicken broth may help with protein. Not the highest, but one possible help. Not sure about protein shakes. My story of beating IBS: My Story with IBS I'm hypoglycemic too and was extremely worried about this issue. I found this on a support group "I ate a large turkey sandwich (no cheese) just after midnight on Sunday night. I stayed up as late as I could so I could sleep late on Monday. I woke up at 10:00 and ate a protein bar that matched the ingredients of the ones I used to get in the prep kit. I discovered a drink called Isopure that is low carb (2 g) but high in protein (>40G). You have to get the expensive, ready to drink bottles, the powder isn't clear. I drank this along with Gaterade (for carbs) all day. Don't mix them, it's awful, and always drink the Isopure first. I kept drinking the Isopure/Gatorade throughout the prep and continued unt Continue reading >>

Hypoglycemia/colonoscopy Prep No-no!

Hypoglycemia/colonoscopy Prep No-no!

ProHealth Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and Lyme Disease Forums I am posting this as a warning to those of you who are dx'd with either reactive hypoglycemia or Metabolic Syndrome (formerly known as Syndrome X). I explained to the GI doc before agreeing to have a colonoscopy and an endoscopy that I had Metabolic Syndrome and was afraid I would have serious insulin overload from going for over 24 hrs. with nothing but sugar water (only popsicles, jello, ginger ale, gatorade, etc. are allowed). He told me to use "mind over matter". I said I'd try...MISTAKE! BY 2 PM I was shaking and having chills, by 5 pm I was in bed with a heating pad and 2 blankets, by 3 am I was in serious trouble with a blood pressure of 164/112 (despite extra blood pressure medicine and 4 times my normal dose of Xanax) and a pulse of 132 (my normal pulse is 64). I was nauseated, freezing cold, dizzy and had a pounding headache, all symptoms of way too much insulin. I called the ER where the triage nurse told me to stop the prep and call the doctor. I said I didn't want to wake him, but she said that's what he gets paid for, so I did. He didn't remember discussing anything about insulin resistance with me, or remember me at all for that matter, and said "if you have this problem you will have to be hospitalized on IV fluids and take "Go Lightly" in order to ever have this test done." I had asked him about Go Lightly when I first saw him, after reading about it right here on this Board and he had said "no", just tough it out. I could not have my stomach procedure either since I had to immediately start eating protein to get rid of the excess insulin and stabilize myself. I am still not well at all and it may take weeks to get over the flare this is causing. I did improve dramatically after drinking some soy m Continue reading >>

4 Steps On How To Prepare For A Colonoscopy

4 Steps On How To Prepare For A Colonoscopy

At this point you should stop taking vitamins or other supplements . Ask your doctor whether and when you should stop taking any prescription medicines you use regularly, and any over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or blood thinner meds you may use. The day before your procedure you cant eat anything solid. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of clear liquids, such as sports drinks, clear juice like apple and white grape, and broth. Soda is OK, and so are coffee and tea, but without cream. You can have gelatin and ice pops, but stay away from anything colored red, blue, or purple. The dyes can discolor the lining of the colon and make it harder for the doctor to see. Also avoid alcohol and drinks you cant see through, like milk or orange juice. Two hours before the procedure, be sure not to drink or eat anything. The night before your colonoscopy youll take strong laxatives to clear your digestive tract. The method recommended for most people is called split dose. Youll drink a half-gallon of liquid laxative in the evening. Then youll get up about 6 hours before your appointment to drink another half-gallon. You probably wont enjoy the taste of the solution, but there are tricks to help get it down: Mix it with something flavored, like a sports drink or powdered drink mix. Continue reading >>

Surviving Colonoscopy Prep

Surviving Colonoscopy Prep

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. I have my first colonoscopy coming up in about a month. I received some literature regarding the 24 hour prep (clear liquid diet). My question is how in the world do I keep my BG under control that day with no food (except jello, which will have to be SF) allowed? Any suggestions? The doctor's office doesn't have any specific info (big surprise). Make sure you are first up on the day of the colonoscopy. If you let them know you are diabetic, they should be good about scheduling you early to avoid sugar complications. As for the prep day, test often and have some non-red juice handy to keep your levels up if you need it. Good luck & get good pictures... My mom is 77 and we had to take her in for a Colonoscopy and Endoscopy. Call the test center that is doing the colonoscopy and tell them you are diabetic, they will be able to inform you. Make sure you take a list of all your medicines and you might want to fax them a list prior to getting their. Let them know of any other conditions you might have. You are supposed to have an interview with the doctor doing the colonoscopy prior to setting up an appoint, let him/her know any conditions you have, surgeries, and what meds you are taking and your concerns. Also make sure they give you a pillow or your family requests one while you are comming out of the sedation. My mom had the worst neck strain for 4 days because she was just lying there with no pillow for about 3 -4 hrs after the test while she came out of sedation From what I remember she just fasted for 12hrs and took her prep. You should be ok if you contact the center that is doing the test Continue reading >>

If You Have Diabetes…how To Fast Safely For A Medical Test

If You Have Diabetes…how To Fast Safely For A Medical Test

Recently, an employee at Bottom Line Publications was scheduled for a colonoscopy, the screening test for colon cancer. The medical test turned into medical mayhem. The day before the test, the woman followed her doctor’s orders to start ingesting a “clear liquid” diet, which includes soft drinks, Jell-O and other clear beverages and foods. But when she drank the “prep”—the bowel-cleaning solution that is consumed the evening before a colonoscopy (and sometimes also the morning of)—she vomited. Over and over. As a result, her colon wasn’t sufficiently emptied to conduct the test, which had to be postponed. What went wrong? The woman has diabetes—and her glucose (blood sugar) levels had become unstable, triggering nausea and vomiting. Yet not one medical professional—not a doctor, not a nurse, not a medical technician—had warned her that people with diabetes need to take special precautions with food and diabetes medicine whenever they have any medical test that involves an extended period of little or no eating. Unfortunately, this lack of diabetes-customized instruction about medical tests is very common. What you need to know… If you’re undergoing a test that requires only overnight fasting, which includes many types of CT scans, MRIs and X-rays, make sure that the test is scheduled for early in the morning—no later than 9 am. That way, you will be able to eat after the test by 10 am or 11 am, which will help to stabilize your blood sugar as much as possible. Don’t expect your blood sugar levels to be perfect after the test. The important thing is to keep them from getting too high or too low. Conventional dietitians and doctors specify clear liquids and foods that reflect the conventional American diet, such as regular soda, sports drink Continue reading >>

Before Your Procedure

Before Your Procedure

The dense components of very high roughage foods such as seeds and some skins tend to layer out at the bottom of intestinal segments and thus may be more resistant to being flushed out by laxatives. In most cases the preparation fluids will flush out the material anyway but an extra measure of assurance of obtaining an optimal preparation comes from avoiding these foods a few days. We recognize that it is likely that many will inadvertently eat some of these items and thats okay. We would put a priority on avoiding the smallest densest seeds such those in tomatoes, kiwi fruit, blackberries, and raspberries. Iron supplements in many people have a constipating effect, making it more difficult for the laxative to clean out the colon. In addition, retained iron frequently stains the walls of the colon or the fluid, limiting the clarity of views. Even after an excellent preparation for colonoscopy a certain amount of fluid and mucous is retained adhering to the walls of the colon. These will be tinted red or purple by natural and artificial dies in beets, fruit punches (Hawaiian Punch, e.g.), and jello, which can give an appearance similar to blood, which increases the difficulty in reaching clear conclusions during the Obtain the clear liquids that appeal the most to you in the days leading up to the formal preparation day and have them well chilled (as appropriate). Most people find that they are much less hungry than they expected during the preparation day. Take the formal laxative at home as the time to its taking effect (kicking in) varies greatly, from 30 minutes to 4 hours.Extra fluids are encouraged. Plan to do light activities such as reading, watching videos, or simple I cant skip meals. The sugar and protein containing fluids (including Jell-O) can sustain blood Continue reading >>

03048--colonoscopy Prep Instructions For Patients With Diabetes (patient Handout View)

03048--colonoscopy Prep Instructions For Patients With Diabetes (patient Handout View)

Colonoscopy Prep Instructions for Patients with Diabetes Instructions for the Patient with Diabetes undergoing Colonoscopy These are general guidelines. Please call the health care provider who manages your diabetes if you have additional questions. For people with diabetes, any medical test that causes you to miss a meal or change your usual meal plan will require planning to keep your blood sugar numbers from becoming too high or low. Test blood sugar before meals, and bedtime, on preparation day and morning of the colonoscopy test. Test your blood sugar if you are feeling that you might be too high or low. If you are unaware of your low sugar feelings, test every two to three hours. Blood sugar may not return to your usual numbers for up to 72 hours after the colonoscopy. If you have a low blood sugar on preparation and/or test day, you must treat it with one of the following: four or five glucose tablets non-red or purple in color, cup apple juice, cup white grape juice, or 1 cup real soda (15 grams of carbohydrate) and test your blood sugar more times than usual during the day while trying to keep blood sugar numbers between 100 and 200mg/dl. If low blood sugar persists, contact your health provider for guidance. Bring the last 12 hours of your blood sugar record with you to your colonoscopy test. Bring your diabetes supplies, such as glucose tablets or other sugar source, with you to the colonoscopy test. Be sure to tell the staff if you are experiencing a low blood sugar feeling. During preparation day (day before the test), drink both sugar free and sugar containing drinks (see second page for options and menus). On test day you may have carbohydrate containing clear liquids (see Page 2) until 2 hours before the scheduled test time. If you have a low sugar duri Continue reading >>

Suprep Colonoscopy Preparation Instructions

Suprep Colonoscopy Preparation Instructions

Make sure to arrange for an escort for the day of the procedure. Discuss with Dr Gutman and your cardiologist any blood thinners you are on including Plavix, Ticlid, Effient, Coumadin, Warfarin and Lovenox. You may stay on aspirin therapy up to 325mg daily. Discuss the use of arthritis and pain medications with Dr. Gutman. Avoid arthritis medications for 2 days before the test. These include naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), ibuprofen (Motrin, Nuprin) and many others. Mobic, Celebrex, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) do not need to be discontinued. Avoid over the counter blood thinners such as Vitamin E and gingko biloba. Stop binding medications one week before including iron, multiple vitamins with iron, cholestyramine, colestid, Questran, Imodium, and Lomotil. All other prescription medications are permitted, except if specifically instructed. Avoid foods with seeds for 3 days before the colonoscopy. Seeds tend to stay in the colon for days. If you have diabetes, do not take your insulin or diabetic pills on the day of the test. Please advise the nurse to check the blood sugar before the test. On the day before colonoscopy diabetics do not take metformin as it may cause side effects whenyou are dehydrated due to the laxatives. This is not a concern with upper endoscopy of the stomach. Diabetics still need calories. On the day of preparation for colonoscopy, you should have non dietetic items. If you have only sugar free products you may become faint, or pass out. Do not take fast acting insulin such as Novolog. It is ok to take Lantus and similar long acting insulin. Be sure to check your blood sugars the day you are preparing for your procedure and call your doctor with any problems. Please take heart medications or blood pressure medications, other than water pills, with a g Continue reading >>

Colonoscopy Prep Faqs

Colonoscopy Prep Faqs

1. Ive taken the first half of my bowel prep, but have not had a bowel movement. What should I do? For many people, the first half of the bowel prep does not lead to bowel movements. Some people dont even feel an urge to move their bowels. However, in almost every case, the prep will eventually work as planned. You should continue to take the second half of the bowel prep as per the instructions. If your stool is not starting to clear 3 hours after you take the morning dose of laxative, call our office/on-call physician (425-339-5421) 2. Im taking my bowel prep now, but have nausea and vomiting. What should I do? The first thing to do is stop taking the bowel prep and take a break. That might mean 30 minutes or even an hour before you drink anymore. After nausea has decreased or stopped, you can restart the bowel prep but drink it at a slower rate. Sometimes, drinking too much too fast is too much for your system to handle. Another trick is to make sure the prep is chilled so it helps to refrigerate the liquid prep. Drinking some cold water along with the prep liquid may also help. If you already have an anti-nausea medication at home and have tolerated it in the past, you can try taking a dose. Examples might include ondansetron (Zofran), promethazine (Phenergan), prochlorperazine (Compazine) or metoclopramide (Reglan). If nausea and vomiting persist, please call the on-call physician to discuss. 3. I accidentally took aspirin and/or iron. Do I need to cancel? Aspirin intake: It is okay to take Aspirin as needed. It should not cause any problems with the procedure. Iron intake: If you did not stop taking iron for the week leading up to the procedure there is a small chance that the quality of the bowel preparation may not be good. It is difficult to know if the iron w Continue reading >>

Colonoscopy Faq | Hampshire Gastroenterology Associates, Llc

Colonoscopy Faq | Hampshire Gastroenterology Associates, Llc

Hampshire Gastroenterology Associates, LLC 10 Main Street Florence, MA 01062 (413) 586-8910 Fax: (413) 584-7270 Dizziness and headache could be signs of low blood sugar or low blood pressure. Drinking a regular carbonated beverage (not diet or red or purple coloring) or apple juice may alleviate these symptoms. Gatorade, which comes in many flavors, and chicken or beef broth are excellent choices as they contain electrolytes such as potassium. Avoid RED or PURPLE liquids. The colors can persist in the colon and give the appearance of gastrointestinal bleeding. Should I take my usual medications on the morning of the procedure? Medications for blood pressure, heart conditions and seizures should be taken the morning of your exam regardless of the color of the pill, tablet or liquid. Please follow the instructions you were given at your office visit or during your nurse assessment. If you are unsure, please call our office at (413) 586-8910. Is there any way that I can make the prep taste better? You can try sucking on hard candy (avoiding the red or purple colors). You can rinse your mouth with water or a mouthwash. Citrus sodas, such as Fresca, can be helpful in covering the taste or you can add Crystal Light flavoring to your water. Do not eat or drink anything other than approved liquids while you are drinking the solution. I already had diarrhea before taking the prep, do I still have to take the laxative? Yes, you must take the prep as directed by your doctor. Your colon is approximately 6 feet long. The entire colon must be emptied for your physician to see the colon clearly. There could be solid stool higher in the colon that needs to be eliminated. I see yellow color in the toilet bowl and a few flecks. What do I do? If your last bowel movements were clear enoug Continue reading >>

Colonoscopy Prep Advice - Page 2

Colonoscopy Prep Advice - Page 2

I am pre-diabetic, not full diabetic, and there was no way I wanted to drink all that sugary drek before my colonoscopy. Here's what I did and felt mostly great (except for a whopping headache the day before): 1. On the day that was an "anything liquid is OK day" I had some probiotics (milk kefir, which I was still tolerating at the time), broth, and herbal teas with added Great Lakes gelatin powder. 2. On the clear liquid day I skipped the milk kefir (I think I had some pickle juice, though, for the probiotics!). 3. I was supposed to mix the Miralax with Gatorade. Instead I bought "Electrolyte Water" from Whole Foods (99 cents per liter--it's plain water with added potassium and sodium) and used that to drink the Miralax. I was allowed to keep sipping clear liquids up to a few hours before the procedure, so I did (broth, tea, water). Other than the aforementioned headache (probably caffeine withdrawal because I can't abide coffee without some thing to stand in for cream), it was easy and fine. Remember to add in lots of probiotics again after the procedure--eat fermented foods or take a probiotic supplement. I had to cancel a recent Colonoscopy because I could not get my BG above 70. I tried lots of juice, packets of sugar and even Pepsi. Everything went right through me because there was no solid food to slow it down. I also urinated more often because of all the liquids i was drinking so the juices etc. had little effect on my BG. In one end out the other in 20 minutes. It cost me $ 100.00 when I cancelled that appointment because I canceled it less than 24 hours before it was scheduled. The problem was the Levemir ( similar to Lantus I think ), slow acting and able to stay in my system for up to 24 hours +. I'm not so sure that in the long run it makes a lot of dif Continue reading >>

Diabetes: How To Prepare For A Colonoscopy

Diabetes: How To Prepare For A Colonoscopy

Diabetes: How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy A colonoscopy is a test that lets a doctor look inside your colon. The doctor uses a thin, lighted tube called a colonoscope to look for small growths (called polyps ), cancer, and other problems like bleeding. During the test, the doctor can take samples of tissue that can be checked for cancer or other problems. This is called a biopsy. A colonoscopy also lets the doctor take out polyps. Before the test, you will need to stop eating solid foods. You also will drink a liquid or take a tablet that cleans out your colon. This will help your doctor to be able to see inside your colon during the test. When you make your appointment for the colonoscopy, mention that you have diabetes. Ask for any special instructions. Request an early morning appointment so you can get back as soon as possible to your normal routine for eating and taking medicines. The doctor doing your colonoscopy ( gastroenterologist ) will want to know about all the medicines you take. Be sure to also tell him or her about any vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies you take. It's a good idea to have a list of all your medicines when you make your appointment. If you take aspirin or some other blood thinner, your doctor will tell you if and when you should stop taking this medicine before your test. Talk with your diabetes doctor about how best to manage your blood sugar before and after the test. Arrange to stay home on the day of the test. When you use the liquid or pills to clean out your colon, you will go to the bathroom a lot. You'll get detailed instructions from the doctor on how to use the medicines (colon prep). Discuss with your doctor the different types of medicines. You may need a type that is safest for people with kidney problems. Stop drinki Continue reading >>

Pre-op Bowel Prep/hypoglycemia

Pre-op Bowel Prep/hypoglycemia

I was so nervous about the bowel prep and clear liquid only diet and then NPO after midnight because I have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). I cannot skip meals or I get dizzy, brain fog, see spots, and can't speak clearly. Eventually I would faint. What I did (ask your doctor) -I drank 2 Myoplex drinks early in the day-the day before surgery. these are sports drinks very high in protein. 2 drinks contain enough protein for the whole day. I then sipped on clear chicken broth (protein) throughout the day. I was great all through the night-no problems!! Also-I drank the magnesium citrate very very cold through a straw with my nose pinched and would take a drink of juice right after each gulp. It really helped to get that stuff down. I didn't have a lot of stool that day because I ate very light the few days beforehand. I had no cramping or nausea with that stuff. Good luck. thanks for the advice - I too am very worried about the bowel prep. I was prescribed Tri-Lyte and you have to drink so much of it. I am also to be on clear liquids the day before and NPO after midnight. My mother had a heart attack when prepping for colonoscopy so I am definitely nervous about it. I will ask about the sports drink you mentioned. I really don't want to go to the hospital all messed up from dehydration and electolyte imbalance - it's bad enough when you go without the bowel prep, I always feel woozy and naseous. Thanks for sharing. Continue reading >>

Sugar Dropped During Prep For Colonoscopy

Sugar Dropped During Prep For Colonoscopy

Sugar dropped during prep for colonoscopy Sugar dropped during prep for colonoscopy My sugar is not controlled (yet) but something very puzzling happened to me day before yesterday. I started Lantus a month ago and still get fasting readings over 200. I had a colonoscopy yesterday and did the "prep" on Monday, which is a light breakfast before 9:00 am, then a liquid diet for the rest of the day and night. Including drinking 1/2 gallon of laxative to "clean you out". So I had an egg-white vegetable omelette around 8:30 that morning. Nothing but coffee, lemonade, etc. after. I checked my sugar around 6:00 that evening and it was 138. I haven't seen it that low in quite awhile. I checked it again around 8:00 and it was 98. This really confused me as the only thing I really had done different than any other day was not eat lunch or dinner. I couldn't believe that in and of itself dropped my sugar that low. Don't ever remember it doing that in the past. The really odd thing is I had forgotten to take my Lantus injection the night before! I was happy to see the lower numbers but the next morning before the procedure, it was back up to 250. Oh, and the 138 was before I started drinking the laxative mix, so that had nothing to do with it. I'm trying to figure out how I can use this information to my advantage to get my numbers down. D.D. Family T2 dx 3/07, tx w/very lo carb D&E Met, bolus R Maybe your usual diet provides more glucose than you really need or that your pancreas and insulin regimen can handle. You can try adjusting the macronutrients (carbs, protein, fats) to get optimal satisfaction while keeping your blood sugars lower. I used to skip meals purposely to lower my blood sugars before I went on insulin. Not everyone gets a liver dump when they fast. 'Veni, Vidi, V Continue reading >>

Is This Ok To Drink This During Colonoscopy Prep? Low Blood Sugarisopure Coconut Water The Only Completely Clear Whey Protein When Dissolved In Water

Is This Ok To Drink This During Colonoscopy Prep? Low Blood Sugarisopure Coconut Water The Only Completely Clear Whey Protein When Dissolved In Water

Is this ok to drink this during colonoscopy prep? Low Blood sugarIsopure coconut water the only completely clear whey protein when dissolved in water Is this ok to drink this during colonoscopy prep? Low Blood sugarIsopure coconut water the only completely clear whey protein when dissolved in water Prior to colonoscopy 24 h regimen is clear liquids only, no red colors. Any dairy or protein drink are out of this recommendation . During prep drinking ...,apple juice is permitted - in case of diabetes can provide glucose if hypoglycemia . If you have special needs - consult w Gastroenterologist before procedure. . . Prior to colonoscopy 24 h regimen is clear liquids only, no red colors. Any dairy or protein drink are out of this recommendation . During prep drinking ...,apple juice is permitted - in case of diabetes can provide glucose if hypoglycemia . If you have special needs - consult w Gastroenterologist before procedure. . .Would you like to video or text chat with me? How much coconut water do I have to drink before I replenish all the lost electrolytes after the colonoscopy prep more How much coconut water do I have to drink before I replenish all the lost electrolytes after the colonoscopy prep? During colonoscopy prep, how can you drink so much fluid during such a short period of time and not suffer from w more During colonoscopy prep, how can you drink so much fluid during such a short period of time and not suffer from water intoxication? What happens if you consume whey protein 50mg everyday and drink water without working out is it fine or must wor more What happens if you consume whey protein 50mg everyday and drink water without working out is it fine or must workout? Tia I drink muscletech phase8 whey protein beside workout to gain muscle.but feel dizzy a Continue reading >>

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