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Do you have any other health conditions in addition to type 2 diabetes?

Some people living with type 2 diabetes may also live with additional health conditions (comorbidities). There can be extra complexity and challenges when managing multiple health issues.

What other health conditions do you live with? Have they impacted your management plans in relation to your type 2 diabetes? For example, some medications used to treat certain conditions may also spike blood sugars. What have you done in these situations?

Please share your experiences with the community!

  1. About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with gastroparesis. According to the books I shouldn’t have it, but here it is. My A1c has only been above 7 once in the 15 years I’ve had type 2 diabetes. My diet has changed drastically since then. Everything healthy on my diabetic diet now makes me nauseous. I eat a lot more carbs than I used to, but since I can only eat about a cup of food at a time, my sugars haven’t been out of control and my last A1c was 6.7. This is just very frustrating and difficult to deal with.

    1. , I hear you. That must be extremely frustrating and difficult to deal with. Glad to hear that your sugars haven't been too out of control. We do have this article about diabetes gastroparesis, which you may find interesting: https://type2diabetes.com/clinical/diabetic-gastroparesis. Were you experiencing symptoms for long before you got diagnosed with it? Please know that we are here for you if you ever want to vent or are looking for support. Managing diabetes alone can be difficult, but with additional health conditions, even more so. Thinking of you, Minel (Team Member)

  2. I have ESRD and am on dialysis. It is difficult to combine the 2 diets. Dors anyone have any recipes that could help me?

    1. Thanks for reaching out. Typically your dialysis clinic will have a Registered Dietitian on site who can review your labs and go over diet guidelines and recommendations unique for you taking into account your medical history. Generally speaking, When you are on dialysis, you want to pay particular attention to limiting Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus and Fluids but it's important for your clinic to review your labs and weight and health goals with you.

      Sticking to your typical meals that help you manage your blood sugar is a great start, then avoiding those foods that are very high in Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus.

      Here are some recipes that you may like to try:
      https://type2diabetes.com/recipes/affordable-vegan-lomein
      https://type2diabetes.com/recipes/salmon-salad-sandwich
      https://type2diabetes.com/recipes/zucchini-tomato-soup

      Wishing you the best, please reach out anytime. Kelly, Type2diabetes.com Community Moderator

  3. about 10 years before my Type 2 diagnosis, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. We got it under control and I am in remission. But I still do take medication for it. As well I have high blood pressure. When I was given the Type 2 diagnosis I was in disbelief. Like what else can happen? I'm glad the colitis is in remission. It's a constant balance to eat well but I also give myself treats. It's trial and error as well.

    1. , thank you so much for sharing! I'm glad that your colitis is under control and in remission 🎉 I also hear you, it can certainly feel like when it rains it really pours with all the "what else can happen's." Do you have to avoid any other kinds of foods to not irritate your colitis? I agree that balance and trial and error are important. Best, Minel (Team Member)

  4. For awhile I had to avoid certain foods. However, generally I can eat most things. There are certain foods that will set me off with an "attack". I absolutely cannot have alcohol anymore, not even a glass of wine with dinner. Cabbage will usually bother me but I had some last week and had no troubles. Stress is the number one for setting things into upheaval. My gut reacts very strongly to stress even just a little nerves.

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