Hello, I am a 52 year old Type 1 diabetic, diagnosed aged 37, running on a basal/bolus regime with partial success.
I have (and have always had) a problem with slow digestion and a recent DAFNE and Carb Counting course has highlighted how this causes me problems for maintaining good control.
Every few days I suffer from constipation. I will go a couple of days without passing anything. When this happens my levels run unfailingly high, as if the baseline has moved up by 4 or so mmol. Bolus insulin becomes less effective. I also get light stomach cramps. I need to go but can’t.
Then things get back to normal and for a couple of days I’m fine. This repeats every few days. If I have a large meal (a dinner out for example) then this will almost immediately cause the problem.
Running or a brisk walk does help relieve the symptoms.
As soon as I manage to empty my bowels, my numbers drop almost immediately.
It has been suggested that this is gastroparesis, but I’ve not had tests for this. I am willing to experiment with changing my diet somewhat. I only eat around 50-70g carb per day and I’m pretty active.
What does the panel think (and apologies for my first new post being about bowels).