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Diabetes after Whipple was posted 06/03/2015 10:25 am by Anonymous
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I would expect the rate of decline depends on the individual and also on how much of the pancreas was removed during surgery. I became diabetic after Whipple surgery. The doctors had me on typical drugs for type 2 diabetes and it did not go well. I had frequent episodes of low blood sugar and other side affects. With the doctors reluctant agreement, I tried controlling with diet and exercise. So far, I have been able to control with diet and exercise for the past 11 years. The main drug I need is Creon to help with digestive enzymes. I am not on an overly strict diet, but I do follow what some would consider a 'healthy' diet. To keep blood sugar under control, I have found eating three normal sized meals daily, and no in between meal snacks works for me. My A1C has remained in the range of 5.6 to 6.3. I do go for regular six month checkups, but so far have not had any of the problems typical with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. My vision is OK and the doctor told me I am very unlikely to ever have the eye problems associated with type 1. I have seen research that indicated surgically induced diabetes is an entirely different class than type 2, and if you are unable to control with diet/exercise, the best approach to treatment is insulin. The type 2 drugs do have some fairly serious side affects, especially for someone with an already compromised pancreas. I decided years ago that if the time comes that my pancreas declines, then I start insulin rathen than go through another series of trying oral meds. that make me feel awful.

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