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Diabetes etc. was posted 03/20/2016 12:30 pm by Anonymous
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My understanding is that people who have Whipple surgery often become diabetic after surgery. The only thing that explains my diabetes is the surgery. I was diagnosed sixteen months after surgery. I had no other risk factors or evidence of it before surgery. Active, physically fit, normal weight. So my classification is Type 2, surgically induced. With diet/exercise, my A1C stayed below 7.0 for years. Now, it is creeping up (7.2) and I am on meds again.

My incision is vertical. Core strength is a challenge, and it is due to the incision. I still do core strengthening exercise, plus light weights. Long walks as mentioned, and have added spin biking. If I overdo it even a little on the core exercises, I have pain for a day or so around the incision. That has been the case since surgery. I have not been able to successfully recover core strength to what I had before surgery.

This may be a surprise. I am 14 years out from surgery. My protocol is full blood panels plus A1C every six months. So far, other than diabetes, I am OK. The surgeon told me I was cancer free after the surgery, but warned of statistics of recurrence. Another of my doctors after five years said I was cancer free, and if any occurrence came up, it would be considered and classified as a new occurrence, not a recurrence. But, really are we ever cancer free after a PC diagnosis? Our body may be cancer free, but it never really goes away mentally. Once you know the odds and other statistics, it seems to me you cannot un-know them. I don't think of it as often as I did the first two years. I learned to accept the worry would always be there, and go on with living. It got easier with passing time.

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