• Ads by Google:
     




    Get email alerts Celiac.com E-Newsletter

    Ads by Google:



       Get email alertsCeliac.com E-Newsletter

  • Announcements

    • admin

      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

Going Sugar Free?
0

23 posts in this topic

I am thinking about going sugar free. Why? Well, it's certainly not because I want to!!!!! :angry: But....seems like I do really awful on it. My doc has me on some meds for insulin resistance, and it does help stabalize my blood sugar, but....well....I get a yucky acid feeling in my tummy when I eat it. Problem is....I NEED CHOCOLATE!!! :lol: Anyway, how many of your are sugar free in addition to gluten free? Did you feel it made any difference in your health? And....what kind of things do you eat when you have a sweet tooth? Is there such a thing as sugar free chocolate (that actually tastes GOOD)? Any suggestions on what to eat that is sugar free are greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Brenda :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:
Ads by Google:


First off, I am so sorry you even have to think about going sugar free. I'm not, and can't fathom doing it, but my mom's fiancee is diabetic and there are some really good sugar free candies available in normal stores and health food stores. Diabeticfriendly.com has sugar free chocolate covered cherries that are good too, as well as many other sugar free products we haven't tried. Watch out for the gluten though! I hope you don't have to go sugar free for good, maybe just short term until your stomach has time to heal and then you can try sugar again? I hope so.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First off, I am so sorry you even have to think about going sugar free. I'm not, and can't fathom doing it, but my mom's fiancee is diabetic and there are some really good sugar free candies available in normal stores and health food stores. Diabeticfriendly.com has sugar free chocolate covered cherries that are good too, as well as many other sugar free products we haven't tried. Watch out for the gluten though! I hope you don't have to go sugar free for good, maybe just short term until your stomach has time to heal and then you can try sugar again? I hope so.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh yummy....I love chocolate covered cherries! I wonder what they use instead of sugar though, because I'm not that crazy about ingesting a bunch of artificial sweeteners either. Thank you for the website, I'll definitely check it out. My doc actually put me on the blood sugar stabilizer because of polycystic ovary syndrome. Seems as though they're having great results with the insulin meds curing the ovarian cysts (odd, huh?). Well...when he put me on that, my stomach started getting better - MUCH better. I'm not even on my acid reducer anymore, which is something I thought would NEVER happen. Guess all this stuff is intertwined somehow. I have diabetes in my family, and wouldn't doubt that I'm borderline, although I've never been tested. I don't see a reason to test myself.....if going sugar free takes care of the problem, that's as good as a positive test result to me.

I'm with you.....hopefully it will be short term. ;)

Brenda

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you just can't have much sugar, you might be able to have small amounts of dark chocolate. It's an aquired taste (or was for me), but a quarter serving (which still isn't a tiny piece) of Tropical Source chocolate has... I think around 4 grams of sugar. ('Cause it's dark chocolate, and not as sweet. ;-) )

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:


Hmmm....I would definitely have to acquire a taste for it. I'm not that fond of it - not sweet enough. :D Thanks for the suggestion. :)

Brenda

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's what I used to think. I used to HATE dark chocolate - with a passion. Thought the stuff was just plain nasty. Turns out the brand makes a HUGE difference, and tropical source is fairly good, but it is still an aquired taste - one that I aquired a little bit at a time.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brenda, have you thought of altering your diet ( :lol: okay, that's a hoot when talking with people who've gone gluten-free) ...anyway, altering it to regulate your sugar levels rather than go sugar free, which is kind of a way of temporarily taking care of the symptoms but leaving the overall problem there. Six months ago, me, my husband and a friend of ours went on the south beach diet to lose a little weight, but mostly to alter how we were eating AND, most especially, because we'd heard it was supposed to positively impact cholesteral and diabetes (our friend had 225 cholesterol while on meds and was told he tested pre-diabetic.) Three months later, we'd all lost the weight we'd wanted, but his cholesterol dropped to 115 and his blood sugars were no longer in the danger zone (I'm not as up on this as I could be, sorry.) Anyway, we still eat in the manner in which we'd learned on the diet, low gylcemic foods, eating more often (I have to eat every 2 hours or my blood sugar bottoms out on me,) basically taking control. We do eat real sugar sweet treats. The diet "plan" for us is now just a guideline, eat whole foods, fruits, vegis, lean meats, lowfat dairy, etc. And I've learned what foods I'm most sensitive to.

Okay, there. I said it and I'll stop now. ;)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BRcoats, I just found out I have a total of 6 ovarian cysts on both ovaries. It just recently started bothering me so I had CT scans done and lo and behold total of 6. If these blood sugar stabilizer meds help I would love to ask my md about them. I don't want anymore problems and if this helps i'd love to know about it!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would definitely ask him! There's some info on the web too, although I don't have the exact addresses. Just punch in polycystic ovary disease, and it should bring something up. I am on a natural blood sugar med....called gymnema sylvestre (I think that's the right spelling). The prescription meds are called metformin, and glucophage. I would go with the herb first, of course. But it's an individual choice.

Good luck. Let me know how it turns out!!

Brenda

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And these are definitely Gluten Free? Thanks so much!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well...if I had gone on the prescription meds, I would have made sure. But since I didn't, I don't know for positive. The herb I take is gluten free, although not every manufacturer of that herb is necessarily gluten-free. You'd just have to check. The one I take says right on the bottle that's it is gluten-free.

Brenda

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here I was thinking the idea of having to give up sugar (carbs) in addition to the gluten, casien/lactose, corn, peanuts, and soy beans would be HORRIBLE! I was really feeling for you. Well, latest blood tests came back with elevated blood sugar levels so guess what, I now get to eliminate sugar too.

As to non-artificial sweeteners, you can use Spenda (which of course, I don't like or think tastes anything like sugar) which is a real sugar product. Apparently I will have to adjust. My husband and oldest son LOVE the stuff.

Also, there is a swedish chocolate - low carb - dark chocolate.

-Kate

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have heard of Splenda. What exactly is it? And I'm assuming it's gluten-free? Why don't you like it? Does it not raise blood sugar levels?

Hope that's not too many questions. :rolleyes:

Brenda

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Splenda is essentially just a mirror image, molecularly speaking, of sucrose (table sugar), which the body doens't have the ability to break down. (The enzyme won't fit the molecule backwards.)

There was a study not too long ago that artificial sweeteners, in general, may cause problems with the body's ability to regulate the hunger feeling, but it has not been shown to raise blood sugar levels. I still primarily avoid it, being an artificially created food and not tasting quite the same, but plenty of people use it with no problems at all.

(Funny story, a friend of mine was trying Atkins, and using Splenda when it first came out. I've noted in the past how I can instantly tell if something has artificial sweetener in it - even just by smell - and he said there was no way I'd be able to tell the difference between Splenda and sugar. So we made lemonade - one glass with sugar, one glass with the equivalent amount of Splenda. He couldn't tell the difference, and most of the other people couldn't, but I got it right on the first try...)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

oops, sorry about the mistaken chemistry there... I remember _something_ being a mirror image of the molecule they were trying to replaces, but apparently had forgotten that Splenda was the one with the replacement chlorines. ;-) (this is what you get for being a physical sciences junkie... lots of useless information that gets jumbled in your head! ;-) )

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmmm.....sooo.....is Splenda bad for you?? Kind of sounds like it's not that great of a thing to put in your system.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually, splenda is about as innocuous as an artificial sweetener can get and it tastes much better, imo, than the others. It has been thoroughly tested and again, imo, is okay to use. I do and will continue to do so. It's a personal choice.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, I didn't mean to imply it's bad for you, more that I'm looney about artificial ingredients. ;-) As artificial sweeteners go, yeah, it probably is the most inoccuous. I wouldn't eat pounds of it a day - your digestive system won't like you :-) - but regular use won't be a problem for most people. (I'm sure there's someone out there who doesn't react well to Splenda, but it's definitely rare.)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So, if I wanted to make brownies with Splenda instead of sugar, would I use the same amount?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you buy the bulk type (not the kind in little packets) then, yes, it's cup for cup. I find, however, if you use half sugar and half splenda, the artificial taste is nearly undetectable.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Okay, now I have not read EVERY post in this topic, so this may be repeated later on, but, my wife is a type 1 diabetic, so I have some exerience in this subject.

My wife is on Metaglip 2x daily plus insulin as needed. My wife is also disabled, and exercises often. She has to use a pool to exercise because of some injuries she sustained, but, exercise is a terrific way to keep your blood sugar under control.

Another thing to avoid is low fat foods, salad dressing being a BIG offender. You would think that Low Fat, Fat Free, or whatever they call it would be really good, but, if you check the label, they use SUGAR to replace the lost "taste" that making it fat free removes.

Nutra-Sweet, the BLUE packet, and 99% of diet drinks contain this agent. Nutra-Sweet is a migraine headache trigger. I had to stop using diet drinks and the blue stuff for that very reason. I was having 2 to 3 BAD migraine headaches every week. I only stated on the diet drink kick because it was stupid to me to buy 2 different cases/6-packs etc. of soda all the time.

I am not trying to discourage you by any means, but, just keep this information in mind when you go sugar free.

Best of luck to you. Hope you find health! :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      106,421
    • Total Posts
      930,467
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      63,848
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    glutenfreekiddo
    Joined
  • Popular Now

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Hi! I've just been recently diagnosed as Celiac through the whole biopsy-shebang, and I have a little bit of insight on the whole diagnosis thing and how I was eventually diagnosed, and my advice for you. Brace yourself, this might be a bit long, but it might be worth the read and I promise I will eventually get to the point. If you don't want the huge story, skip to the long line of capital As: I first saw my doctor when I had a few problems swallowing. I've compared it to when you're nervous and you feel like you have a lump in your throat - but after I eat and (sometimes) drink. I just mentioned briefly it to my family doctor when I was addressing another issue, but right away he referred me to a gastroenterologist and ordered a barium swallow x-ray test. The x-ray came back completely normal, and so the g.e. then suspected GERD, put me on acid blockers to see if they would work, no harm done sort of thing. The only thing I got out of the acid blockers were the side effects, so it was back to square 1. The g.e. said that the next test he could do was an upper endoscopy with biopsies. (hint: the celiac test!) Wanting to find a solution to my problems, the endoscopy was scheduled. Pretty painless, I was in and out in a day, but the results took much much longer. Biopsies, or the little pieces of my esophagus, stomach, and small intestine, were sent to the lab, and they came back clean. I didn't really go back to the g.e. for a whole year after that because life became busy, I wasn't prompted to follow up, and I just dismissed the swallowing problems the best I could and went on my way. Now, I've never been huge on the gluten, big bread-y sandwiches or croissants or pies were never foods that I super "enjoyed". I wouldn't feel bad after eating them, I just didn't like the taste of bread so much, but I loved cookies, cake and a lot of other things that do have gluten in them. I lead a lowish gluten life but I wasn't really monitoring it that way. Everything changed when I got really nasty (systemic) poison ivy. My eyes were swollen shut, and the rash was everywhere. I almost went to the hospital, but cooped out at the family doctor's place and got a script for prednisone (a steroid). But, I found that after I had tapered off the steroids, I had magically become lactose intolerant. So back to the family doctor again probably because I broke my toe or something, but we also got to talk about this magical lactose intolerance business (because I love anything dairy and it was indeed devastating). He was surprised as there is literally no correlation between steroids and becoming lactose intolerant. He asked me if I still had the swallowing problems, which I did, and so it was back to the g.e. for round 3. because my family doctor "does not believe in coincidences". Meeting with the G.E., he mainly addressed the swallowing problems telling me that he had done what he could to diagnose with the technology that we had at the highly specialized hospital that we were at, and I would have to travel about 3 hours away to see a different doctor who would do some tests involving the muscles in the esophagus. But right before I was about to leave, we started talking about lactose intolerance. He brought up other foods that I was avoiding (if any), and then the conversation went to gluten. I mentioned that I had an aunt that was gluten-sensitive. He advised that I do the blood test that can show an indication of celiac whenever in the future. I decided to do it that day. At this point in time, I was not eating much gluten because of the fact that it was personal preference. The normal range for values in this test is from 0 to 20. A few weeks later, I learned that I scored a 35. A second upper endoscopy with biopsies was scheduled, but this time I was told to eat a moderate amount of gluten everyday before the procedure. I ate about two slices of bread per day, which is more than I normally would. I was normal for the first two-three weeks of the gluten plus diet, but then I became really sick. I started getting the normal celiac symptoms, like diarrhea and extreme tiredness. Near the end, I had debilitating stomach pain and I was 2 times more asleep than awake each day. I couldn't do the 2 pieces of bread a day some days, but the pain was still there. I knew that I wouldn't ever have to force myself to eat bread for a test ever again. I was called a few days before my endoscopy telling me that a kid in a worse state than me had to take the OR during my time. I forced myself to eat more bread for another month and a half. The day finally came. I was diagnosed celiac, which I have concluded to be initiated by (1) the steroids/poison ivy and (2) the gluten binge fest.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Celiac Disease isn't completely understood yet. Most of the time if you weren't showing symptoms when you were a baby (so your case) it means that celiac was/could be triggered by an event in your life that causes stress on the body (like stress, physical injury, etc.).  The positive result that you got from the blood test doesn't automatically mean celiac, but it could. Here's some options: Talk to your doctor (or a different doctor) or even a specialist gastroenterologist (you can get a referral from a family doctor (general physician)) and see if you can do the blood test again, you have to have some kind of gluten for this to work in advance, so if you don't want to break your gluten-free streak, than don't really invest in this option. If you feel comfortable, you could even ask to do this test under a few scenarios (no gluten (now) and after a gluten binge, compare results). If you do this test and your indication is low off gluten and then high after gluten, I'd probably skip the biopsy. That's a strong enough sign that you don't need to put yourself through the painful-gluten binge. Maybe this is what that first doctor just assumed. But having that test when you haven't had any gluten could make the difference - it acts as a control. Go straight to the biopsy. You could do this, but I'd probably do the blood test first. I went through a lot of stress with the gluten-binge that you have to do to get an accurate result, you would also be breaking your gluten-free diet that may/may not be helping you right now. Do nothing, stay on your gluten free diet hoping that it is helping you. But if you are not celiac or gluten-sensitive (celiac before it starts to wreck your small intestine), going gluten free isn't healthy - you can do some research on this if it interests you. If you feel bad/unhealthy after going gluten free it's probably a sign. Good luck, also know that you might come to a point of stress in your life that can start celiac's destructive path. Ultimately, it is your body, and you should not feel forced or hesitate to act on health issues that impact you.
    • I'm sorry that life is so hard right now. Really.  I can't imagine working 3 jobs and trying to manage this terrible illness.  I think about American society and their obsession with food often.  Whenever you look at the internet, there are all these fabulous gluten-free recipes, but when you don't have time or money to cook these things, a simple gluten-free lifestyle is just that - simple. There isn't a lot of variety, so it's kind of boring. But, I guess I have gotten used to being boring. I just eat corn chex and fruit or yogurt for breakfast. I eat a lot of eggs, beans, rice, corn tortillas, nuts, chicken, fruit and veggies.  A loaf of gluten-free bread will last me 4-6 months in the freezer.  I buy a bag of dried beans for $1.29, I soak them overnight, and put them in the crockpot the next day. I add different spices, sometimes chicken and Voila! - dinner is ready when I get home from a long day. Family gatherings are miserable and I haven't quite figured out the best way to deal yet. If my grandmother were still alive, I imagine she would be a lot like yours - well-meaning but not really able to understand the nitty-gritty.   I just reassure my family that I am fine and that they really shouldn't do anything special for me. I bring a bag of Hershey's kisses or other gluten-free candy I can nibble on along with my meal and then I try to treat myself to a nicer home cooked meal later in the week when I have time to cook - because who has time to cook during Christmas???? And, I agree with knitty knitty. If someone else in your family/friends were gluten-free for medical reasons, it would make socializing a bit easier. One of my husband's good friends is NCGS. When we get together as a group, we can make each other special dishes and it helps to feel less isolated.  Good luck!  
    • Hi!  Um, please forgive my quirky sense of humor..... Celiac Disease is genetic... All first degree relatives of people diagnosed with Celiac Disease should be tested for the disease, too.  Gall bladder problems are often associated with Celiac Disease.  Your diagnosis might save your whole family from further medical problems as they age and the disease progresses... You need to set a good example if relatives are similarly diagnosed.... and then everybody will have to eat gluten free at family gatherings....  
    • That's what I thought!  My father has gluten sensitivity and I almost regret telling the doctor that because I feel that made her jump to conclusions because of that.  He never had the biopsy either.  I feel like doctors think it's just easier to say it's celiac when they show a gluten sensitivity to avoid additional testing, even if that diagnosis doesn't make any sense at all.  My doctor didn't even offer the biopsy, and said the blood work was enough.  Should I seek a third opinion?  I mean, I've been gluten free for 9 months...
    • It will prolong your life....celiac is a autoimmune disease that  causes your own immune system to attack you. The longer your eating gluten the worse it gets, I mean all kinds of other autoimmune disease, food allergies, food intolances. One day you could lose the ablity to eat carbs, or sugars, or become randomly allergic to tomatoes or corn all cause you decided not to be on road to healing I am not kidding here. I am allergic to corn, can not process meats, have another autoimmune disease that makes it so I can not eat dairy or CARBS/SUGARS.   I wish I could go back in time and go on a gluten-free diet a decade ago. Worse that could happen you could develop cancer or other complications and yes we have had this happen to a member before on our forums. Think of it like this your just changing brand here I will give you some links to some gluten-free foods, and how to order them, You can even order alot of them online this should help simplify it for you. I suggest thrive, amazon, or one of hte other links from there, Many you can order from the manufacture. https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/117090-gluten-free-food-alternatives-list/  
  • Upcoming Events