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Is life shortened without a Colon

Posted by Oceanblue, on Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:37 am
I was wondering if anyone knows if  our life is decreased in any way by not having a colon.  Obviously we are living longer due to life saving surgery.  I was just wondering if ostomates are missing out on vitamins/minerals that may have a negative effect on our long term health.
I know I wont be dying from colon cancer
Reply by MissMeganM, on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:32 am
No worries, you don't need a colon to live a healthy life.  Mainly the function of your colon - your large intestine - is to absorb salt and water.  As long as you are getting an increased amount of electrolyte-containing fluid to compensate for this, you are fine.  Nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine, so if you've had some of that removed then it hinders your nutrient absorption somewhat.  But this too can be compensated for by adequate supplementation.  Other than that, you should be all good Smile  I work for a nursing home, and we have patients in their 80s and 90s with ostomies
Reply by vikinga, on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:56 am
I heard that Bob Hope was an ostomate for the last 40 years of his 100 year life. Need I say more? Smile) Lack of a sense of humor is more likely to be the problem Smile)
Reply by Anoniem18, on Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:51 pm
Keep smiling  
Reply by WOUNDED DOE, on Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:55 am
Hello  Smile  I had my colon removed when I was ten years old, and more surgeries after that, I have been living without a colon and also missing most of my small intestine as well .....I will be 47 this August.........everyone is different as far as needing to watch their nutrition and vitamins and prob, that is easy to do if we drop low on one thing or another......I am another example of many on here who have lived as as Ostomate many, many ....maaannnny still tickin SmileSmile  Relax and enjoy life to your fullest!  Cheers!

Reply by Oceanblue, on Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:15 am
thanks for the info.  I am hoping to live as long as I can, so its good to know there are 90 year old people with Ostomies.   thats amazing that Bob Hope lived to 100...good sense of humour helps yes.
I see that Mickey Rooney is still around..  

Greetings from Australia..
Reply by Anoniem18, on Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:25 am
Anoniem18 wrote:
Keep smiling  

The worst thing you can do is worry.
Worry about the things you can change ignore the ones you can't.
Reply by Oceanblue, on Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:01 am
Yes I agree worry about the things you can change if they need changing.
I am actually not worried.   I only wondered if not having a colon shortened life due to loss of vitamins or whatever.  Now I know it doesnt appear to shorten life and I dont have to take any vitamin supplements. So I dont have to change anything.
Reply by junopete, on Wed May 01, 2013 10:49 pm
No, your life expectancy does not change if you are paying attention.
If you are not getting CBC blood draws fairly often change your doctor.
The blood draws will tell you where you are at.
Chances are your cholesterol and triglycerides will go down, a good thing in most cases.
Also removal of colon on some people can cause kidney stones and kidney issues.
Also in some people urine acidity will go up, a bad thing.
You must hydrate all day long.
For me I don't get thirsty so I carry a water bottle EVERYWHERE I go to remind me.

Reply by yaya, on Thu May 02, 2013 12:24 am
Thank you for asking the question that I was always scared to ask....
Reply by Anoniem18, on Thu May 02, 2013 12:56 am
I'll let you know in forty years whether it is true or not.
so far so good,
Reply by Hot for teacher, on Thu May 02, 2013 11:13 am
My Ostomy nurse gave me some wonderful advice.  He said that the small intestines don't absorb all of the nutrients from your food and we also lose a lot of hydration with an ileostomy. He suggested drinking large amounts of water and supplementing with Gatorade as needed for electrolytes.  He suggested folic acid, b12 shots and calcium supplements.  I visited with my nutritionist and he gave me a different form of those vitamins bc your body doesn't process some of the coatings or slow time-released capsules.  I have read various articles supporting those supplements for ostomates.  I have endured this horrible disease, the surgeries, and I certainly want to do whatever I can to live a very long and HEALTHY life. I wish you the best.  I am only six months into my Ostomy and it has some daily challenges, but I am happy to be alive.  Best of luck to you and may you be blessed with a long, healthy life.
Reply by pete, on Tue May 07, 2013 1:47 pm
Hi. I'm pete I've had a colostomy since I was 2 days old I'm now 54 and very active and looking forward to the next 54 years ish. I am sure there are others like me who have had a colostomy for as long or longer. Keep positive and try not to let things get you down and you'll have a great long life. Power to all us ostomists
Reply by walayapo, on Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:06 pm
Hi Pete,  wow
Just 2 days old and you have lived all these years with a colostomy. Thank God He had you in His plans to live longer. You are a living testimony which I can tell the parents of small babies who had colostomy shortly after birth. It is truly an inspiration. It give me hope  for these little babies. Our only problem here is that these babies don't have colostomy bags. The parents use a piece of cloth to cover the Stoma and collect the waste. Living conditions are also a problem. Worse still colostomy bags are not readily available here so little hope here.
May God bless you with many more years.
Thanks for sharing you story.
Reply by Maryellen, on Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:24 pm
Hello there! Thanks for the tips. Are the supplements your nutritionist recommended over the counter or Rx'd. I am looking for supplements my body will absob. Any info you offer will be appreciated. Many thanks!
Reply by WOUNDED DOE, on Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:23 am
I wish you all well, ...and I highly recommend everyone pay very close attention to what ' junopete 'and 'hot for teacher ' have suggested, they have offered some very important tips and facts to keep a careful watch over ......excellent advice.  Be well !! Smile
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