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Gallbladder Removal - Diabetes Connection Question

Gallbladder Removal - Diabetes Connection Question

Gallbladder removal - diabetes connection question Here's another possibility. When I used to belong to Weight Watchers online there were dozens of stories about how people had to have their gall bladders removed after losing large amounts of weight, especially if that involved repeated dieting. That would be me, also. I'm thinking that many people who will eventually be diagnosed diabetic have struggled with their weight for a long time, and that might be at the origin of a link between gall bladder disease and diabetes, if in fact there is a link. Low-fat eating - especially cycling in and out of low-fat eating which is what most "dieters" end up doing - can destroy the gall bladder. It's job is to produce and secrete bile when one eats fat. When little to no fat is eaten, the bile just sits there. After a while it crystallizes. Then, when on again eats fat, the poor thing contracts attempting to do its job. With the bile crystallized inside it, this results in nothing but extreme pain. Eventually, the now disabled gall bladder must be removed. Becuase the actual event (the pain) happens upon eating fat, many mistakenly believe that the fat is causing the problem. The truth is quite the opposite. Huge increase in gall bladder surgeries - just another casualty of the lipophobia hysteria of the last 50 years. Low-fat eating - especially cycling in and out of low-fat eating which is what most "dieters" end up doing - can destroy the gall bladder. It's job is to produce and secrete bile when one eats fat. When little to no fat is eaten, the bile just sits there. After a while it crystallizes. Then, when on again eats fat, the poor thing contracts attempting to do its job. With the bile crystallized inside it, this results in nothing but extreme pain. Eventually, the now Continue reading >>

A1c You Later, Diabetic Meds!

A1c You Later, Diabetic Meds!

I had the greatest thing happen the other day. I got taken off my diabetic medication! And I owe it all to my (late) gallbladder. Let me start out by saying that a gallbladder problem is the LEAST sexy affliction one can get as the ravages of middle age take hold. (Middle age does go up to 80, doesn’t it?) So, just like a flashback in the movies, only a whole lot less interesting, here’s the backstory. About a year ago, I had my first full-fledged gallbladder attack. Like someone first kicked me in the stomach and then fell on top of me and wouldn’t get off. For days. It didn’t occur to me until just this week that by the time one suffers a gallbladder attack, one already pretty much has gall stones that have been there a while. And, thanks to the omnipresent Internet, I found out that brewing gallbladder problems can and do affect blood sugar levels. We didn’t know about the gallbladder issue yet when my internist put me on a low dose of metformin/glyburide after my A1C started to rise following a four-year remission of my diabetic symptoms following weight loss surgery. OK, I thought, I got a four-year reprieve from medication. What did I want, egg in my beer? Fast-forward to the summer of 2015, a time that saw me taking my medication but watching my glucose level go all over the place. While I was used to being well within the normal range, I started to see numbers approaching 200 the same week I would crash and run for the orange juice. That’s when I scheduled the gallbladder surgery. I had this bright idea that since my surgeon (now my friend and writing partner) would be going into the same place as my previous lap band surgery, wouldn’t it make sense to get rid of that band and convert to the newer gastric sleeve procedure at the same time so that m Continue reading >>

Pancreas Disease

Pancreas Disease

Author: Frank W. Jackson, M.D. The pancreas is called the “hidden organ” because it is located deep in the abdomen behind the stomach. About six to eight inches long in the adult, the organ contains thin tubes that come together like the veins of a leaf. These tubes join to form a single opening into the intestine that is located just beyond the stomach. The pancreas produces juices and enzymes that flow through these tubes into the intestine, where they mix with food. The enzymes digest fat, protein, and carbohydrates so they can be absorbed by the intestine. Pancreatic juices, therefore, play an important role in maintaining good health. The pancreas also produces insulin, which is picked up by the blood flowing through the organ. Insulin is important in regulating the amount of sugar or glucose in the blood. What Are the Diseases of the Pancreas? Diabetes mellitus Acute pancreatitis Chronic pancreatitis Pancreatic enzyme deficiency Pancreas tumor Diabetes Mellitus Many cases of diabetes are caused by a deficiency of insulin. Insulin is needed to help glucose, which is a major source of energy, enter the body’s cells. It is not known why insulin-producing cells in the pancreas die off. When they cease to function, glucose accumulates in the blood and eventually spills into the urine. These patients require daily insulin injections. More importantly, high blood glucose levels, over time, result in significant changes in blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, heart, legs, and nerves. Damage to these vital organs represents the major risk for patients with diabetes. Other patients who develop diabetes later in life seem to have sufficient insulin in the pancreas, but for some unknown reason it is not available for the body’s use. These patients typically are overwei Continue reading >>

A Diabetic Diet After Gallbladder Removal

A Diabetic Diet After Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder problems occur fairly frequently in people with diabetes, so if you're a diabetic and you've recently had your gallbladder removed, you're not alone. While you tried to cope with your diseased gallbladder before your surgery, you probably needed to cut back on fat in your diet to minimize symptoms. After gallbladder removal surgery -- known in medical parlance as cholecystectomy -- your doctor may tell you to gradually return to your previous diet, perhaps with an emphasis on certain nutrient groups. However, because you have diabetes, you'll need to continue to carefully watch what you eat. Fortunately, the diet for gallbladder removal patients and the diet recommended for diabetics contain many of the same elements. Video of the Day Following your gallbladder removal surgery, you may find you have difficulty digesting meals that contain a lot of fat. That's because your gallbladder's primary function was to help you process fats. You may experience diarrhea following meals, especially particularly fatty ones. So, steer clear of fried foods to prevent digestive problems, and skip fatty sauces and gravies, as they contain too much fat. Because you're diabetic, stick with healthier fats in small quantities. For example, choose olive oil instead of butter for stir fries, and consider having fish for dinner instead of meat, because fish contains healthy fats known as omega-3 fatty acids. Limit your fat at each meal to 3 grams or less to avoid digestive problems. You may know that a high-fiber diet can help you manage your diabetes by stabilizing and normalizing your blood sugar levels. In addition, getting plenty of fiber may help your digestive system normalize your bowel movements following gallbladder removal surgery, reducing the incidence of diarrhea and c Continue reading >>

Maintaining A Diabetic Diet After Gallbladder Removal

Maintaining A Diabetic Diet After Gallbladder Removal

Maintaining A Diabetic Diet After Gallbladder Removal January 30, 2018 by Stan Pak in Treatment Maintaining A Diabetic Diet After Gallbladder Removal If you are a diabetic patient who has had their gallbladder removed, you will find that the post-cholecystectomy recommended diet and diabetic diet are quite similar and complimentary. Gallstones and cholecystitis, (inflamed gallbladder) are very common problems for people with diabetes. This is because diabetes and obesity are known risk factors for gallbladder disease . The low-fat diet which is typically prescribed for diabetic patients suffering from gallstones will also be the best to maintain after surgery. What Is The Gallbladder And What Does It Do? The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped pouch which stores and concentrates the bile created by the liver. The food we eat and the fat content within it triggers release of specific amounts of bile from the gallbladder, into the small intestine for efficient breakdown and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins. After gallbladder removal surgery, the liver will continue to produce bile however it will continually enter the intestine in a thin trickle and digestion of high fat meals or fried food becomes problematic, leading to pain, bloating, gas, nausea and diarrhea in many cases. What Diet To Use After Gallbladder Surgery Many patients whether diabetic or not will be much more comfortable sticking with this diabetic diet post procedure. Healthy fats only in very small quantities will be more easily digested with fewer symptoms. Choose Coconut oil which is MOSTLY made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) and causes the least amount of trouble as it does not require bile to emulsify it. Choose olive oil instead of butter and consider having fish in leu of red meat Continue reading >>

Things You Must Know If You Dont Have A Gallbladder

Things You Must Know If You Dont Have A Gallbladder

Removal of the gallbladder is one of the most common surgeries performed in the USA and Australia today. Gallstones are incredibly common and they occur in 10 to 15 percent of the population. The problem does tend to run in families. Women are more likely to experience gallbladder problems than men and this is partly due to the effects of the female hormone estrogen. A gallbladder performs several important roles in your body: Enables absorption of fat soluble antioxidants and vitamins A, E, D and K Assists the removal of cholesterol from your body Assists the removal of toxins that have been broken down by the liver Obviously you can survive without a gallbladder, but you are more prone to developing certain health problems. In particular you are at greater risk of developing a fatty liver, experiencing indigestion and developing deficiencies of essential fatty acids and fat soluble nutrients What happens when you dont have a gallbladder? Your liver continues to manufacture bile, but there is no longer a place to store it or concentrate it. Therefore bile continually slowly trickles into the intestines. If you eat a fatty meal, you will not be able to secrete a large enough amount of bile into your intestines, therefore the fat will be poorly digested. This means many people experience diarrhea, bloating, nausea or indigestion. Not digesting fat well means you will not be able to digest essential fatty acids, including omega 3 and omega 6 fats. It also means youll have a hard time absorbing fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins D, E, A and K. A lot of the antioxidants in vegetables are fat soluble: lycopene, lutein and carotenoids are all fat soluble. If you dont produce adequate bile, you will not be adequately absorbing these life saving compounds from foods. If you Continue reading >>

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis

What is the pancreas? The pancreas is a large gland in the abdomen located behind the stomach and next to the upper part of the small intestine (the duodenum). The pancreas has two main jobs: It discharges powerful digestive enzymes into the small intestine to aid the digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. It releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones are involved in blood glucose (sugar) metabolism, regulating how the body stores and uses food for energy. What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis is a rare disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. Pancreatic damage occurs when the digestive enzymes are activated and begin attacking the pancreas. In very severe cases, pancreatitis can result in bleeding into the gland, serious tissue damage, infection, and cyst formation. Severe pancreatitis can also cause damage if enzymes and toxins are released into the bloodstream, which can harm other vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Pancreatitis develops gradually and tends to become progressively worse. There are two forms of pancreatitis: acute and chronic. What causes pancreatitis? Acute pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas that occurs over a short period of time. In more than 80% of the cases, acute pancreatitis is caused by bile duct stones or heavy alcohol use. Other causes include: Medications High triglyceride levels Infections Trauma Metabolic disorders Surgery In about 10-15% of the cases, the cause of acute pancreatitis is unknown. The severity of acute pancreatitis may range from mild abdominal (belly) discomfort to a severe, life-threatening illness. However, the majority of patients with acute pancreatitis (greater than 80%) recover completely after receiving the appropriate treatment. Ch Continue reading >>

Risk Associated With Diabetes Mellitus In Patients Undergoing Gallbladder Surgery.

Risk Associated With Diabetes Mellitus In Patients Undergoing Gallbladder Surgery.

Abstract Diabetes mellitus has been suggested as a risk factor in patients undergoing gallbladder surgery. To assess the validity of this observation, a study of 175 diabetic and nondiabetic patients who underwent cholecystectomy of cholecystostomy was undertaken. Eighty patients (40%) were diabetic, and 95 (54%) were nondiabetic. The rates of death and complications were nearly identical in both diabetic and nondiabetic populations. In this selected population renal disease and vascular occlusive disease (with or without diabetes mellitus) resulted in a significant (P less than 0.01) increase in morbidity and mortality rates. Therefore, we conclude that diabetes mellitus alone does not appear to adversely affect the prognosis of patients who require gallbladder surgery. Continue reading >>

Gallbladder Surgery And Type 1 Diabetes

Gallbladder Surgery And Type 1 Diabetes

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as an adult. I have only been a Type 1, insulin pump wearing, cgm stylin', diabetic for just over a year. Anyway, about 4 days ago, I started having terrible pain in my upper stomach that was radiating to my chest. I seriously thought I was having a heart attack. On Sunday, I decided it was time to go to the ER. They did an ultrasound and said I have gallstones and need my gallbladder out. Has anyone else dealt with gallbladder surgery as a type 1 diabetic? What kind of surgery did you have? If you had laproscopic did they make you stay overnight since you were diabetic? If you are on a pump, how was your diabetes managed? Please help! I see the surgeon today at 11:30. (Today is my birthday by the way....Happy Birthday....you're gallbladder needs removed!) Any tips, advice, and information would be so greatly appreciated!!! And please read the wonderful TuDs Emily Coles discussion/reply dated January 15th 2014 titled "Hospital care for T1s: It aint pretty. Get your endo team involved as well. What hospital affiliation do they have, is the surgery going to be at that hospital? Will they help manage your D care and interact with the anesthesiologist? A lot has to do with hospital policy on pumps CGMs etc but getting your D team as an active participant if surgery is needed can be huge. I got my T1 diagnosis a number of years after having my gallbladder removed, so I can't help with any questions on how to manage BG with surgery. Will leave others to give you advice on that. As far as gallbladder surgery itself, it's usually done via laproscopy and is outpatient. It's much better to elect to have it done when you're feeling well (vs when you're in the middle of an attack and everything is inflamed.) My hospital roo Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar Drops After Gallbladder Removal

Blood Sugar Drops After Gallbladder Removal

Ok so almost two weeks ago I had my gallbladder removed and beforehand my BG was almost always above 180 which is too high for me. However,then I went and got my gallbladder out and now its always dropping down into the 60's,50's, and 40's. I'm hopefully going to get an appointment with my endo I soon,but I don't know what to do until then. Its not like I can just keep eating sugar,because then that could mess with my A1c and I'm trying to keep my levels normal so my endo will even start considering letting me get a pump. Continue reading >>

Gall Bladder Surgery And Diabetes

Gall Bladder Surgery And Diabetes

I'm scheduled to enter the hospital on Monday (Mar. 1) for testing prior to having my gall bladder removed on Mar. 2. I guess I was misinformed about life after gall bladder removal! I thought that I would be able to eat almost everything without tummy problems. Apparently this isn't the case! In addition to no spicy foods (I LOVE spicy foods, within limits), it seems I won't be able to eat cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower as well! That's crazy! Those are great veggies!! What I just read in my browser is that I won't be able to eat much of what I like. In addition to all of this, I'm wondering if there's another way especially since I'm also a diabetic! I feel pretty good right now, although two weeks ago, i was having some problems; pain, bloating, indigestion. After 10 days of antibiotics and a very careful diet, I feel great now. How does gall bladder removal affect a diabetic? If i just control my diet and eat really good stuff, like I have been during the last month or so, can I avoid having surgery?? I'd do just about ANYTHING to avoid surgery!! [FONT="Georgia"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Arlene Meds:Humalog Mix50 - 50 units 1X before breakfast D.D. Family Getting much harder to control First off dont believe all you read on the net. I have all that stuff and had mine out about 3 yrs ago. The first month maybe I had to back off a bit but believe me I have the hottest chili, all the foods you listed and I have no issues at all on that. It also depends on how bad your gallbladder is before you need to have it out, mine was extreme pain and my wife was throwing up daily ours had to come out we could not stand it. Yes we changed our diet to avoid all those things, still needed it out but good luck whatever route you take. Hi...thanks for this. They told me 15 years ago that it Continue reading >>

High Blood Sugar Levels Increase Infection Risk From General Surgery

High Blood Sugar Levels Increase Infection Risk From General Surgery

Reducing high blood glucose might bring down odds of surgical site infection, researchers say Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional. HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 21, 2010 (HealthDay News) -- High blood sugar levels can increase the risk of surgical site infections in patients having general surgery, researchers report. Doctors have long been aware that people with diabetes are more prone to surgical infections, and the relationship between high blood sugar and increased risk of infection after surgery is well known in heart and intensive care unit surgery, where blood sugar is carefully monitored. But this appears to be the first study to quantify the risk after general surgery, noted the study authors, from Albany Medical College in New York. "We wanted to find out how much increased glucose in your blood had a role in infection in general surgery," said lead researcher Ashar Ata, from the College's Department of Surgery. "Surprisingly, we did find that by the time your glucose is higher than 140 milligrams per deciliter, the infection went from 1.8 percent to almost 10 percent." When blood sugar levels reach that point, medical staff should intervene to control them, Ata said, adding, "We found the higher the blood glucose, starting at about 110 milligrams per deciliter, the more likely you are to have an infection." The report is published in the September issue of the Archives of Surgery. The procedures Ata's group looked at included appendectomy, colon surgery, hemorrhoid removal and gallbladd Continue reading >>

The Best Diet After Gallbladder Removal: Everything You Need To Know Explained In Plain English

The Best Diet After Gallbladder Removal: Everything You Need To Know Explained In Plain English

The Best Diet After Gallbladder Removal: Everything You Need to Know Explained in Plain English If youve had your gallbladder removed, youve likely been advised to change your diet. To do so, its helpful to know what the gallbladder does and the role it plays in digestion. This article will help you better understand the gallbladder and the best diet to follow after its removal. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that lives next to the liver. Its job is to store and concentrate bile, a liquid produced by the liver. Bile assists with the breakdown of food products, particularly fats. When fat is eaten, the gallbladder contracts to release bile into the small intestine to aid digestion. The presence of gallstones (cholelithiasis) is one of the most common reasons a person has their gallbladder removed. More often than not, gallstones dont cause any problems. In fact, some people may be completely unaware they are even there. Sometimes, however, a stone can block the passage of bile out of the gallbladder. This is called cholecystitis and leads to pain (usually in the upper right part of the abdomen), inflammation and sometimes an infection. Summary: The gallbladder stores bile and releases it into the small intestine when food is eaten. Gallstones, which can cause abdominal pain, are a common reason for gallbladder removal. Symptoms after Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy) Cholecystectomy involves the surgical removal of the gallbladder. Some common symptoms after cholecystectomy are indigestion, abdominal pain and nausea. Patients also often report bloating or wind. Studies have shown that people who eat more fat and protein and less vegetables report these symptoms more often ( 1 , 2 ). Issues with stool (poop) is also common because of the extra bile pre Continue reading >>

Gallbladder Surgery And Blood Sugar Issues

Gallbladder Surgery And Blood Sugar Issues

Gallbladder surgery and blood sugar issues HealingWell.com Forum > Diseases & Conditions > Diabetes > Gallbladder surgery and blood sugar issues Has anyone had a gall bladder surgery, or there digestive surgeries and then afterwards have problems with blood sugars - in my case, they drop too low, and I never had this problem until after I had the gall bladder surgery... (Am moving this post here for Gary to help keep it all in one thread ~Jeannie, Forum Moderator) I seem to have hypoglycemia, but I never had this problem until after I had gall bladder surgery - then all of a sudden, I had sugar issues where they always drop too low. So I have a meter, and monitor the levels from time to time. One thing that puzzles me, is I can take a reading before I eat, have supper for instance, and then shortly after I eat, the reading is lower than it was before I ate. How is this possible. This usually happens at supper time, I seem to manage the sugar levels quite fine throughout the day, it is just late afternoon that it tends to drop, even though I have snacks, etc. And it is the supper time reading that is lower after I eat then before I eat.. Continue reading >>

No Gallbladder?? Issues??

No Gallbladder?? Issues??

You are here: Home Forums Welcome to the BSD No gallbladder?? Issues?? I just read people without a gallbladder have to have a low fat diet and thats why I am having tummy issues due to the higher fat percentage of the diet. Hi HappyLife, I havent had a gallbladder for 30 years or so, and have never had tummy issues. In between diets, I consumed the highest fat, junk-filled diet possible. Im sure it depends on the individual; Ive always thought I had a cast iron stomach. Nonnie, you are so lucky. Another friend told me tonight she has lots of trouble with too many fats also. I am patient so hoping my tummy figures it all out. Hi happyLife, I also have no gallbladder and have no problem with the extra fat. However prior to having mine removed I did lots of reading and discovered that many people have problems with fats. I was prepared to have problems but I have been lucky. Maybe try fats in smaller amounts across the day and see does that help. Good luck Thanks so much for your kind words and thoughts about what might help. I actually decided to try that starting tomorrow as I have been eating cheese for one meals protein since I am a pescatarian (only eat fish and no meat or chicken) and realized I should switch that meal out for fish or shrimp or something lower in fat than cheese Fingers crossed it helps. I have a long trip starting next Wednesday so dont want tummy issues. Hi Happy! I also have no gallbladder and Ive been ok. The surgeon explained it to me. Usually our liver will create bile, and then our gallbladder stores it. When we eat fat it secretes the bile to help digest the fat. When we dont have a gall bladder the only bile is whatever the liver can produce on the go, none is stored. Some will be lucky and the liver can keep up, others maybe not so lucky. Continue reading >>

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