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Constipation help

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by nicbarnett, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    Amanda61. Hi, only wondered about medication because Metformin either causes Constipation OR Diarrhoea - it causes the first with me as I take 4 a day (each tablet being 500mg). In fact a lot of tablets I am does the very same. I get 2 different types of Laxatives on prescription - but don't take them unless I really need too. Liam
     
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  2. Amanda61

    Amanda61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    4 Metformin :eek: I have heard that Metformin causes stomach upset.
    I must check my other meds, to see whether those cause constipation.
     
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  3. mo53

    mo53 Type 2 · Expert

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    Hello @liam1955 . I have experimented this evening with a chia seed dessert and some chia seed rolls. I'll let you know if they work.
     
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  4. Amanda61

    Amanda61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You'll have to give me those recipes Liam. I love trying new dishes. :)
     
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  5. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    Hi mo53. I like the sound of chai seed dessert - what's the ingredients?:)
     
  6. mo53

    mo53 Type 2 · Expert

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    1/4 cup half and half (or any other creamy liquid, like unsweetened coconut, or almond milk)
    1/2 cup water
    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    3 Tbsp sweetener (I used granulated Spenda)
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    3 Tbsp chia seeds


    Add all ingredients to a jar and cover jar with lid. Shake ingredients until mixed well. Let sit for 10 minutes or so, and shake again. Let sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so, or until chia has gotten thick. Serve...and enjoy!

    cals: 100 kcal | fat: 5.33g | carbs: 7.67g | fiber: 5.2 | net carbs: 2.47 | prot: 3.61g

    I found it online. I didn't add as much sweetener as that and it was still too sweet for me. It was very cinamony so I think I will add cocoa next time.
     
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  7. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    Hi mo53. That sounds yummy. Have you got any left, cos I am comming round to your house for a late supper!!! I will definitely make this recipe - Thank You for the ingredients. Liam;)
     
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  8. Amanda61

    Amanda61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sounds yummy Mo53 :)
     
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  9. Dark Horse

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    It's called the gastrocolic reflex and is present in most normal people, although it's very easy to override it by ignoring the signals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastrocolic_reflex

    Becoming more sensitive to it can be a useful tool in preventing constipation.
     
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  10. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    Hi Amanda61 and Mo63.
    Today bought a 425g bag of dried pitted dates and a 250g bag of dried ready to eat figs - so tonight I am going to eat 6 of the dates to "experiment"!!! = Taking Ferrous Fumarate (iron tablets) everyday is not good for the bowels!! I just had my bloods done last week so I cut down the iron tablets to 1 a day (not 2) on Saturday. Insulin don't cause constipation??? Anybody know???
     
  11. mo53

    mo53 Type 2 · Expert

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    Good luck with the experiment @liam1955 . I'm sorry I don't know about insulin. I enjoyed the chia seed dessert but it seems slow working.
     
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  12. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    What ? Mo63 - 'No Result'?????:wideyed:
     
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    mo53 Type 2 · Expert

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    Lol. Nope not yet
     
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  14. Amanda61

    Amanda61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Figs & Dates :eek: you are bound to go with eating both of those.
    I bought some prunes in a tin. I'll have to rinse them to get the
    syrup stuff off them. Not particulars keen on either 3 to be honest.
    But needs must I suppose. Good luck with your dates. :D
     
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  15. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    Hi mo53. What's the update on the chai seed dessert?
     
  16. Amanda61

    Amanda61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My doctor has put me on Fybogel, one a day at the moment.
    I caught a tummy bug before Xmas, and went for the Imodium
    which apparently was the worst thing I did. I should of let the bug
    out of my system for the first 8 hrs :eek: then reached for the Imodium.
    Oh well, you live and learn I suppose. I even ate prunes last week &
    I hate those :wideyed:
     
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    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    Oh dear. But you are feeling better now? And I went out and bought 2 tins of Prunes, - 1 tin (drained off juice) and ate with "sugar free" custard and it was yummy. And the next day? = well, need I say more!!! ;);)
     
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    Amanda61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Nice one LIam :D
    The custard would be yummy ... But those prunes ... I keep having nightmares about them.
    Amanda & the giant prune :meh:
     
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    I normally have to take about 10 ducolax tbs and 100ml of lactolose every 4 days to go...not a very happy existence
     
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  20. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    @DarrenCafferty - What medication are you taking? Because a lot of tablets can cause constipation, also what age group are you in? :)
     
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