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Old 04-01-2017, 04:54   #1
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My husbands most recent A1c was 5.4.
****>The chronic constipation that he has had for 4 years has become almost unmanageable. Along with the constipation, comes higher less controllable BG's. Have struggled the last 2 days to keep it below 140 mm/dl He must rely on laxatives, saline enemas, miralax and/or benefiber, glycerine suppositories, senna cascara. He requires laxatives or other above remidies in combination 2-3 days a week.
>This all started around the time he had the left frontal brain hemorrhage.
>His diet is mostly low carb and high fat , with large amounts of olive oil, and coconut oil every day large amounts of vegetables daily including cabbage and brussels sprouts and turnip greens, avocado, aloe vera juice. I am trying to get away from daily doses of Mira lax because of its chemical content. but I see no other remedy. Is there another highly laxative vegetable???
>**(Now, my real question is, would a beer a day be a reasonable remedy?
>He takes a seizure medicine (Lamictal xr 200) which is metabolized in the liver. That and the levothyroxine are the only 2 meds he takes besides approximately 35 units of Novolog daily thru his insulin pump.
>For exercise, He walks the dog 1-2 times daily
>Supplements he takes are: Turmeric, black pepper, Berberine, Serapeptase, Calcium citrate, vitamin D3
Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Old 04-01-2017, 11:51   #2
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Hi Lindy

Glad to see you back on the forum, but not so glad about Ronnie's issues condition. I don't have any suggestions, just wanted to say Hi. I admire your diligence in caring for your husband.

(I heard a saying one time that one should walk the dog every day - whether or not one has a dog. The real thing is better, though.)

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Old 04-01-2017, 13:22   #3
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Check this out:

Stopping or reducing dietary fiber intake reduces constipation and its associated symptoms

How many trials have you seen with 100% consistent and reversible results? Especially one so totally unexpected in terms of the accepted dogma?

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A1C 5/2010: 6.0 (DX + 8 months)
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A1C 9/2011: 5.6 (DX + 2 years)
A1C 7/2012: 5.5 (DX + 2 years 10 months)
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Old 04-05-2017, 15:54   #4
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Senokot is a vegetable based laxative, but my family member's doc highly recommends using Sugar Free Citrocell over a laxative. His feeling is that long term use of laxatives is bad for anybody. In addition, drinking 2 cups of a hot drink (even just hot water) every morning can help reduce constipation as well. No fruit at all can be contributing to his issues, but that is something you will have to decide on. It does somewhat go along with SMorgan's article as fruit doesn't actually contribute much in the way of fiber but still often results in a reduction of constipation.

I agree with Smorgan. Sometimes completely changing what you are doing will become a positive result.

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