Poor Digestion and Constipation Problem

by Hemant
(Bangalore)

QUESTION: Dear Dr,


I am 52 years male and diabetic from past 20 years. I am on insulin taking 2 times a day. Along with insulin, I am taking allopathic and ayurvedic medicines also.

My fasting blood sugar varies from 120 - 150 and never been able to maintain even with active lifestyle.

Recently, I am suffering from poor digestion, constipation and other stomach related problems. I am a vegetarian and strictly follow diet foods.

Request you to suggest me to eliminate my digestion problem.

Thanks and regards,

Hemant


ANSWER: Hi Hemant,

Sorry for the late reply.

With regards to your fasting blood sugar, I should ask you to consult with your doctor to set your "own" goals.

In other words, researchers have found that different patients have to set different goals for their blood glucose.

Consequently, they are going to organize their lifestyle, diet and medicinal therapy to achieve these goal.

In some cases, patients have "normally high" blood sugar, as in your case I think. Therefore, it is crucial to know if this is your case and maintain such results.

With regards to your constipation and digestion problems, I would like to have more of your medical data such as following:

- Are you following a strict vegetarian diet?

- How long have you been following such diet and for how long are your experiencing such problems?

- Is there any specific spice or foods or allopathic medicine that makes your stomach upset? I would advise to keep an eye to identify which is causing you such problems.

- I would also advise to make a laboratory analysis of your feces for parasites, candidiasis and culture of feces to identify if such problems are related to your concerns.

- Have you ever checked your stomach (fibro gastroscopy) for gastritis or ulcer? If not, consult with your doctor if this is the right time to check.

As you may see, I cannot give you a full answer as I do lack much of your medical data.

If you pass to me such data, I can give a better judgment.

All the best.

Dr.Alba


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