Lymphocytic Colitis and Diabetes: What foods can I eat?

Posted by helengee @helengee, Jan 17, 2012

I have been diagnosed with lymphocytic colitis and I'm trying to pared down the list of foods I can eat that will minimize the adverse reaction in my colin. The medicine I'm on now (a steroid called Entocort) has severely affected my blood sugars (I am Type II diabetic). I wonder if anyone else has the combination of lymphocytic colitis and diabetes and how they are handling it?

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I was given this diagnosis last year. What can I do to heal my colon?

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@pruittycat

I was given this diagnosis last year. What can I do to heal my colon?

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Hello, @pruittycat I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Having an autoimmune disease means a lot of time management and coordination. Learn as much as you can so that you can advocate for yourself. Healing your colon means learning about diet, medications, and what to avoid. I’m adding this link to another discussion where you’ll find others talking about colitis. I know it says ulcerative colitis but that’s ok because much of the self-care is the same. Read the discussion and feel free to ask your questions.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ulcerative-colitis-2/. Maybe some members will join the conversation. @joanie45. @helengee @lioness @dval @tahuna
I also found this discussion. It may be old, but worth a read.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lymphocytic-colitis/
Have you also talked with a registered dietician about what foods are safe to eat?

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@pruittycat

I was given this diagnosis last year. What can I do to heal my colon?

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In reply to @pruittycat. I recently learned my lymphocytic colitis was gone on a colonoscopy this past summer (2021) at Mayo. Although everyone is unique, for me, I had to completely stop one of my medications and was advised to avoid all NSAIDS. I happen to follow a gluten free diet and do not drink alcohol or soda. I have a number of health issues, but I try to exercise moderately daily and get good sleep. Did that make it go away? The doctors didn’t know but advised me to keep doing what I’m doing.

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@migizii

In reply to @pruittycat. I recently learned my lymphocytic colitis was gone on a colonoscopy this past summer (2021) at Mayo. Although everyone is unique, for me, I had to completely stop one of my medications and was advised to avoid all NSAIDS. I happen to follow a gluten free diet and do not drink alcohol or soda. I have a number of health issues, but I try to exercise moderately daily and get good sleep. Did that make it go away? The doctors didn’t know but advised me to keep doing what I’m doing.

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Thanks for responding. To my knowledge I try to gluten free foods. I have eliminated dairy products. I am experimenting for a week to not have sugar to see if that will help my bowels. Sugar is my weakness. I am going to try and follow a gluten free diet and try a plant based diet as well.

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@pruittycat

I was given this diagnosis last year. What can I do to heal my colon?

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Hi @pruittycat, you'll see I moved your post to a discussion about Lymphocytic Colitis. I did this so you can connect with others going through a similar experience.

Mayo recommends, "What should I eat if I have lymphocytic colitis? These include applesauce, bananas, melons and rice. Avoid high-fiber foods such as beans and nuts, and eat only well-cooked vegetables. If you feel as though your symptoms are improving, slowly add high-fiber foods back to your diet. Eat several small meals rather than a few large meals." — Microscopic colitis – Diagnosis and treatment – Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/microscopic-colitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351483

What have your doctors recommended so far?

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The doctor referred me to use the FODMAP guide. I have had some hits and misses. I want my colon healed.

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@pruittycat

Thanks for responding. To my knowledge I try to gluten free foods. I have eliminated dairy products. I am experimenting for a week to not have sugar to see if that will help my bowels. Sugar is my weakness. I am going to try and follow a gluten free diet and try a plant based diet as well.

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In reply to @pruittycat … good luck with your trials. My only suggestion would be to take one thing at a time and give it enough time to see if you experience improved physical response. Besides the colitis, it has been trial and error most of my life with chronic migraines. I would give each individual intervention about six months to see if there was improvement. If so and I could do the intervention (many of them are realistically hard to do), I would try to continue them. Otherwise, I stopped; gave myself a break; before trying something else.

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