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markr

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I found out a few days ago that I have celiac. In addition I have Type 1 diabetes for the past 26 years, so as you can well imagine, special diets have been a part of my life for quite some time. Originally from the USA, I have been living in Israel for over 20 years. I look forward to your helpful advice and support.

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Mark,

Welcome to the board! I hope that you stick around and find this forum useful. Let us know what we can do to help.

Best of luck,

Laura

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Welcome Mark! Eating gluten-free in Israel isn't bad. I went a year ago (before I was diagnosed) with my brother, who also has celiac, and he didn't have a hard time. We didn't buy any specifically gluten-free stuff, but restaurants were all pretty good. We were a tough group- my cousins, who have life threatening nut and egg allergies, were also with us. And very few of us spoke any useful Hebrew! Welcome!

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Mark,

Welcome to the board! I hope that you stick around and find this forum useful. Let us know what we can do to help.

Best of luck,

Laura

Thanks. Careful when using the phrase "stick around" :D I use an insulin pump. The best defense I have against the many medical problems I have is my sick sense of humor, and no one is going to take that away.

Mark

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Welcome Mark! Eating gluten-free in Israel isn't bad. I went a year ago (before I was diagnosed) with my brother, who also has celiac, and he didn't have a hard time. We didn't buy any specifically gluten-free stuff, but restaurants were all pretty good. We were a tough group- my cousins, who have life threatening nut and egg allergies, were also with us. And very few of us spoke any useful Hebrew! Welcome!

Even though I have been living in Israel for over 20 years, my Hebrew is not very good either. Fortunately, my wife is Israeli, and every time I do speak Hebrew, my accent is so strong people that don't know me want to practice their English. Given the fact that I live on a kibbutz also makes life easier for me.

Mark

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Welcome Mark! Avoiding gluten isn't so bad, and you can learn to make breads etc. if you want to eat them. I'm sure the necessary ingredients are readily available in Israel!

Going gluten free may also improve your diabetes....probably type 1 is never eliminated, but the severity of it could definitely improve.

Ask lots of questions here, people are always generous and helpful.

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