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Diverticulitis And Hypoglycemia – A “sick” Combination Of Diseases
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Diverticulitis And Hypoglycemia – A “sick” Combination Of Diseases

Diverticulitis a digestive tract disease of the large intestine or Colon, and hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, caused, in my case, by an over active insulin production.

Hypoglycemia, diagnosed a while ago, had little to no effect when diagnosed, due to my excessive intake of chocolates, sweets and soft drinks, high in sugar, that became a practice developed after I quit drinking alcohol 23 years ago. This replaced by 3 to 4 litres of a certain soft drink being consumed on a daily basis, and the sweets and chocolates that had been a habit for years, even whilst partaking in alcohol, merely assisted in keeping the blood sugar levels at an acceptable level.

Now that the years keep creeping on, financial constraints a reality, and the stomach starting to develop an unacceptable size, the sweets, chocolates and soft drinks have become luxuries. They replaced by a healthier intake of foods reputed, “good for you!” high fibre foods, fruits and nuts, plenty of vegetables, “health” bars or sweets (the in between snacks), less sugar and plenty of water. A regime of a more regular intake of food, 5 to 6 smaller meals, that assists in ensuring sufficient carbohydrate food for the insulin produced by the pancreas, to work on. All well and good, if diverticulitis is not a reality, present in your health make-up.

Diverticulitis diagnosed recently, a formation of bubbles or pockets in the lower intestine which give rise to pain and cramping in the lower left side of the abdomen. In my case the pain and cramp is caused by the intake of certain foods. The eating of bread, even though it is brown whole wheat, (good for you!) nuts and seeds, all seem to precede an attack of the disease. Now this is not a dangerous disease and is apparently quite common in most members of the western world, it only becomes a problem when one of the sacs that have developed, becomes infected or blocked.

My problem being, that the foods recommended for the hypoglycaemia, are not good for the diverticulitis. Neither disease being life threatening or uncommon, and the two having a minuscule effect on my otherwise healthy life, it has now become a source of amusement. I love the health snacks that I consume between meals, small bars of seeds, nuts and cereals, kept together by a syrup type substance, and encased in chocolate or yoghurt, but they do not love me. One of the ingredients manages to gain a foot hold in a sac and back comes the cramp and pain, not debilitating, but enough for me to know that I am again under attack. So now it is a waiting game, is the snack I eat today going to give me pain tomorrow? What assists the pain and cramp? Short periods of fasting to clear the sac, not good for the hypoglycaemia!

Woe to the small indicators of the ageing of the body, this disease called “old age” a curse to a mind that is so young. The active body that can still physically work a full day, walk a good distance, play a round of Golf and do that required of it, woe to the indicators of ageing.


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