1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2020 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Windness and fasting

Discussion in 'Fasting' started by Chronicle_Cat, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. Chronicle_Cat

    Chronicle_Cat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    555
    Likes Received:
    2,369
    Trophy Points:
    178
    I have a rather delicate question to ask regarding fasting. Does anyone else experience extra windiness when fasting? I don't have any pain, discomfort, cramps or bloating, it's just noisy on the days I fast (not so much for intermittent fasting).It’s isn’t really a problem but it isn’t socially desirable.


    I've been eating low carb for 7 months now and I don't experience this effect after vegetables like cabbage. I don't know it's the fasting or the fact my internal "plumbing" is different than most people's - I had a extended hemicolectomy (the upper 1/2 of my colon removed) for cancer related reasons 2 years ago (no, I don't wear a colostomy bag as I had the top part removed). However I’m not windy at other times, just when fasting.


    Anyone else out there experience this when fasting? Are there any others who've had part of their colon removed?
     
    #1 Chronicle_Cat, Jan 24, 2019 at 3:25 PM
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2019
  2. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,788
    Likes Received:
    3,337
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Hi @Chronicle_Cat, I am glad you are well and hope it remains that way.
    A question to help clarify: I assume you still have fluids whilst fasting ? If so, do they include say, low sugar soft drinks? Just thinking that the fizziness can increase wind.
    Other wise my guess is that the bowel bugs for some reason are more active whilst you are fasting and 'munch through' residual fibres in your large colon producing the wind.
    Whether a supplement of probiotics (bowel bugs) would help reduce the wind by altering the balance of bowel bug types in your colon, maybe ??
     
  3. Chronicle_Cat

    Chronicle_Cat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    555
    Likes Received:
    2,369
    Trophy Points:
    178
    @kitedoc thank you for the reply. I only drink water or black tea when fasting and I never drink diet soda anymore. Probiotics sound like a good idea, my daughter with IBS takes them.

    I did a little research, apparently almost 70% of people with the type of colectomy I've had report flatulence. I know when your stomach is empty, there is no food to muffle the sound (as the stomach is always active). I wonder if a similar things is happening for me.
     
  4. kitedoc

    kitedoc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,788
    Likes Received:
    3,337
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Hi @Chronicle_Cat, 70% suggests a common cause.
    If your doctor or nurse agrees is there anything to lose by trying some probiotics?
    Completely as a guess it might need to be one group for ? 2 to 3 weeks, then if no improvement a ? 2 week 'washout' time and then another type of probiotic whilst maintaining a similar type of prebiotic through out?
    Or perhaps starting with the prebiotic first to see if that by itself makes a difference.
    Pre-biotics - maybe for consistency something like a brand of inulin (? powder). Of course if inulin seems to make things worse then a different pre-biotic might be needed.
    It is all a bit of trial and error I am afraid but I wish you every success!!!!
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook