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Sun Dec 01 21:54:33 UTC 2013

type 2 diabetic, tend to go low in blood sugar, having a colonoscopy this week, need to know how to keep blood sugar up for those 2 days.
Asked By: littlered  
Category: Type 2

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type 2 diabetic - A1c usually 5.9 well controlled by diet, but if I'm sick or had surgery can have to have a little sugar in my iv
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2014-05-06 15:26:46.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

These medical procedures can pose problem with blood glucose management. A liquid diet is used in most of the colonoscopy preps. Consuming 150-180 grams of carbohydrate distributed throughout the day is the recommended practice.

Consider 6 mini-meals per day. Substitute the appropriate carbs, such 20-30grams of carb or 1/2-1 cup juice every 2 hours throughout the day. Sugar-free jello or popsicles (clear or light colored), tea, broth; all liquids between juices will NOT impact the blood glucose.

Your doctor can advise you on medication adjustments. You may need to check your blood glucose more frequently to prevent a low.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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