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Celiac And Diabeties

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My friend is going carzy as to what she should eat. If she eats for celiac, what would it do for her diabeties?

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My daughter has both. There are plenty of gluten free diabetic food and snacks. It can help the blood sugars. What are you wanting for snacks or meals or both. I can give some ideas.

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If she has both, she must eat a diabetic, gluten-free diet. Both conditions can cause serious, long-term health problems untreated.

Gluten-free flours can be really starchy but tell her about almond meal, coconut flour, and flax meal. You can make filling low-carb baked goods out of them. I especially like the way almond flour comes out.

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There really shouldn't be a dilema of choice. Managing diabetes has a lot to do with carb choices. There are plenty of gluten-free carb options. Just like the main stream population, everyone who is gluten-free or has Diabetes or both, makes different food choices. With diabetes, everyone makes different food and management choices and has different set target with blood sugar.

Testing is key to good management of diabetes as is label reading and making informed choices. There are books with carb counts in them for gluten-free items, one is CalorieKing Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter.

If your friend bakes homemade things then she might want to use an online nutrition calculator and type in the amount of all the ingredients for a recipe and how many servings then it will tell her the carbs/per serving. I use this free one http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

With diabetes, the best way to know how a food affects you, gluten-free or not, is to test well when a new food is introduced and keep a record. She should test well anyway because going gluten-free may affect her insulin needs if she takes it and blood sugar. Some report that their BG improves and insulin needs decrease.

Basic answer to your question is to focus on gluten-free when making food choices but there should be no need to compromise on blood sugar in doing so. If she is new to gluten-free and not aware of all the choices available, then chose from what she knows that is gluten-free and adjust portion if need be to stay on target until other things are found that might be a better option blood sugar wise.

I live with both and have managed BG without insulin, with insulin, low carb and moderate carb, all while gluten-free. Let us know what things are points of stress, confusion etc. What would she normally eat that she is struggling to find gluten-free? Encourage her to come here herself. There are a number of us with Diabetes. celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and the various form of type 1 are also atoimmune so it is not uncommon to have both. I know another forum for Diabetes that has a Celiac section.

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