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Member Since 18 Jan 2011
Offline Last Active Jan 26 2011 12:53 PM

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In Topic: What If I Ignore It?

24 January 2011 - 09:33 AM

You should read this post. This persons experience is not unusual. Following the diet doesn't make BS issues worse, it often helps them.


I read the post but she is a type 2 diabetic which means with proper diet & usually exercise type 2 diabetics can live with out the need for insulin. But I am insulin dependant, my body makes no insulin & will remain on it for the rest of my life.

In Topic: What If I Ignore It?

24 January 2011 - 09:30 AM

Jen, just curious.. . .. . ...are you on a pump?

Yes I am on an insulin pump. I actually just upgraded my pump the first of this year to the newest version of the one I was on.

In Topic: What If I Ignore It?

20 January 2011 - 11:42 AM

You can concentrate on meat and veggies instead of carbs and have a good gluten-free diet. Meat proteins are slow to digest and provide long lasting energy for your body vs carbs. Think of the Mediterannean diet or the paleo diet as guides. A lot of people with celiac follow the SCD (specific carbohydrate) diet or a version of it.

But basically keep away from processed foods in boxes etc and make your own foods from whole ingredients. Remove or limit the grains. You can learn and get used to it just like you learn anything else. A whole foods diet also gets you away from preservatives and food colorings etc.

I have major issues with quick drops in my sugar levels & am also working on raising money for a diabetic service dog for help with my lows so I am always needing to keep my sugar as stable as possible & need to be able to get it up quickly & keep it up. Does that make sense?

In Topic: What If I Ignore It?

18 January 2011 - 05:57 PM

Hi, Bean, and welcome!

I have been a type one diabetic for almost my entire life, and was diagnosed, completely out of the blue, with celiac disease five years ago. I was asymptomatic -- a "silent' celiac, if you will. So it was extremely difficult to justify the introduction of another hugely restrictive diet upon myself, on top of all the restrictions of the diabetic diet. Hey, there's no pain, no diarrhea, no migraines nor joint pain.. . . ....why DO this to myself??

Well, I started reading. A lot of my research brought me back here to c.com, a fantastic source of information and support. I realized that I had to give up ALL gluten. 'Twas difficult with no horrific symptoms to keep me away from it, but the alternative is very possible intestinal cancer and other autoimmune diseases. Once I knew this, it got easier.

Here is another vital thing: the diabetic diet and the gluten-free diet combine very, very well. We diabetics need to restrict carbs, and gluten is found in grains.. . .... ...carbohydrates. So we are already partway there. My blood sugars have been tightly controlled for many years, but my AICs have been the best in my life since going gluten-free. Eliminating this protein from your diet can tighten your blood sugars up, no question.

There is quite a learning curve at first with the gluten-free diet, but it really does become second nature. And insulin reactions don't ever have to involve gluten - - I always carry glucose tablets with me, and at home I have fruit and/or honey.

There are quite a few diabetic celiacs on this forum. You're far from alone, and we're here to help! :)

Thanks so much for your story. It does make it soo much harder for me to want to do what I am supposed to without a constant nagging of stomach pain & discomfort to remind me to not do that. I am already picky about food so I know it will be a loooong slow road to getting this new diet down pat.

In Topic: What If I Ignore It?

18 January 2011 - 05:51 PM

Eating a little gluten, even if you don't feel it, is still damaging. It's like a leaky roof on your house. Sometimes it leaks and it obviously raining on your head. Thats an obvious effect of the gluten. Sometimes, your roof leaks but the water drips down inside the walls on the wooden studs. It can go on this way for months until one day - black mold is growing on your walls & the shsower tile falls off. You now have lots of damage inside the walls that wasn't showing.

That was one of the most helpful, honest, & easy to understand things I've heard thus far & it really helped. I wish my doctor was as gifted with words. Thank you soo much!

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