Colorectal Cancer and Diabetes

The inventory of complications for those who have diabetes is never-ending. If you are diabetic, you already know the complications that can arise. Recently, one more item was added to the already long list of concerns. Studies show that those with diabetes have a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer. The good news is that if we have diabetes, colorectal cancer that is caught early on is curable. Colorectal cancers are the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Screen Early

Although diabetes is not listed as a risk for colorectal cancer, age is. That is why it is recommended you start screening at 50 or earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer, or have had irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is cases of prolonged diarrhea or constant constipation, usually worsened by stress. You should know that if you have had trouble with this, you are more at risk for colorectal cancer.

You can protect yourself from this disease. Your diet full of fruits, vegetables, and little red meat helps you from developing colorectal cancer. You also must keep a healthy weight and exercise your body. In addition, you should begin to have colorectal screening when you are 50.

Early screening is important for the early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer. The screenings are done in private rooms with fully qualified technicians who are sensitive to your privacy. Most patients have a colonoscopy or a sigmoidosocopy; both are usually painless and done as an outpatient. Most people are given a light sedative, and after the test has been completed, theyre allowed time to recover, and usually sent home.

Colonoscopy Preparations

Diabetics face a challenge when it comes to preparing for the exam. The day before the procedure, you will have to follow a liquid diet and this could cause problems for some diabetics. You also have to take a strong laxative and that could cause dehydration, possible fainting, and low blood glucose.

If you are diabetic and preparing for a colonoscopy procedure, you need to test your blood sugar more often the day before the test. Also the day of the test, and possibly for the next two to three days after the procedure you will need to test more often. Its important if you are diabetic, your doctor should try to schedule the test for as early in the morning as possible. You will fast from midnight the day before until after your test is completed.

I know the laxative tastes horrible. One little known fact is, refrigerate the liquid laxative overnight before taking it, and drink it as quickly as possible to avoid the bitter taste. If you are taking insulin to control your diabetes, you will need to speak to your doctor to see if you should reduce your dosage the preparation day and the day of the test.

If you are a diabetic, protect yourself from the added risk of colorectal cancer. Eat foods high in fiber, fresh fruit, and vegetables; reduce the red meat in your diet, and exercise.

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