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Type 1 and anemia

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by CassieSmith, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. CassieSmith

    CassieSmith · Member

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    I was wondering if black strap molasses would be okay to eat? Bit of a conundrum as I know it is filled with refined sugar but also has a lot of iron it it which anemic people use
     
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    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Personally I wouldn't touch this, high carbs and would send my blood glucose levels through the roof. Have you had a diagnosis for Anaemia and been given any medication ?
     
  3. CassieSmith

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    @Juicyj Yes I have a diagnosis. I was diagnosed a few years back but stopped taking them (iron tablets) after I got better. My levels have dipped again though so want to bring it up.. I was thinking of maybe just taking one teaspoon a day for a boost..
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    @CassieSmith are you vegan or veggie? Because generally that is when black strap is used, otherwise eggs and meat help.
     
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    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Also spatone is an excellent way of boosting iron levels without causing issues with digestion. A much more gentle method.
     
  6. CassieSmith

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    @Diakat no I'm not but I also eat plenty of fish and eggs so should be a bit higher!
    @Juicyj I used to have these in the past, just ordered some more! Think I just need to keep taking things religiously instead of sporadically and giving up so easily from now on!
     
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    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Has your doctor suggested any reasons for your anaemia? (Males, stop reading now).

    I spent years (decades?) being anaemic because of heavy periods, hormone treatment (mirena IUD) for that solved all my issues....
     
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    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If it’s a problem why not ask for full blood test and a repeat of the medication that solved it in the past? Molasses could lead to real difficulties controlling blood sugars. Iron’s found in a number of foods but the highest concentrations seem to be in red meat and liver. This is a problem if you’re vegan or vegetarian.
     
  9. CassieSmith

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    @EllieM yes I have heavy periods that is why I'm sure! I also got my Vitamin b12 results back and they are low but still in "normal" range so probably why I'm also tired! Just bought some supplements to help me

    @Fairygodmother yes might do that! I just bought some iron tablets offline might do the trick! Luckily I'm not vegan or vegetarian
     
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    Kim Possible Type 1 · Expert

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    There are high levels of iron in apricots which are suitable for veggies.
    You have to carb count for them but eating a few dried ones each day improved by iron levels without having to resort to liver. I still have memories of liver and onion from my childhood which sends shivers up my spine ... especially when you got bits with the valve (or something along those lines).
     
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