Eating Gluten Free

By Nyu-chan Latest Reply 2013-10-28 18:04:35 -0500
Started 2012-05-09 12:05:36 -0500

Even though I don't have an allergy to gluten, do you think that going on a gluten free diet would be okay for me, since I am a diabetic? I am doing well on the vegetarian diet too. I have not ate any meat since last Summer. I am not really a meat person anyway.

Oh, last week I went to the doctor. I had my A1C checked, and got a good report! It was 7.5! It was pretty funny too, because I was showing her my readings on my Iphone, and she said she could only see a 75, but then she got to see the rest of the numbers.

9 replies

AmbeeJ 2013-10-28 18:04:35 -0500 Report

I can speak from personal experience as I have been gluten free for 3 years. It was out of necessity to control my ulcerative colitis. This has not had any negative impact on my diabetes . Just my two cents

nocshiftgrl 2012-05-17 15:10:39 -0500 Report

I dunno, i read a dr's article on this just yesterday, it said that unless its proven that you have an allergy to.gluten, to stay away from gluten free products. They are more processed foods and can be removing some of the good whole grains that we need.

flipmom 2012-05-11 12:43:40 -0500 Report

i have heard that once you on a gluten free diet,you will have a hard time going to a regular diet due to complications… i would research first if i were you…

Caroltoo 2012-05-11 14:05:03 -0500 Report

The complications are a return of all the symptoms we had before going on a gluten free diet. For some of us, it only takes one slice of bread. If I have forgotten how misearable I was, then I blame the diet for the problem when, in fact, the problem is the gluten.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-05-10 00:29:49 -0500 Report

Gluten free diets often use rice, oats, and corn instead of wheat It would depend how youe body handles them.

Caroltoo 2012-05-09 15:25:22 -0500 Report

Nyu-chan, gluten free is a healthier approach to eating that would be good for all of us because it reduces inflammation. When we consider that our wheat products/grains have changed so much over the last 50 years that one bite now has many times more gluten in it than before, it's easy to see why it is speculated as one of the causes for the rise in gluten intolerance in the world. US has one of the highest rates, but this has been noted as a world wide phenomenun. Gluten intolerance cause lots of inflammation in the body and inflammation is a precursor to diabetes.

The one caution I have seen is that you may have fewer sources of B complex vitamins and probably should consider supplementing them. Fiber is easily gotten through psyllium husk and you would just need to replace the amount you would be loosing from eating fewer grains. There are lots of seeds, including quinoa and chia, in the g-free foods that help to make up for the fiber in grains. It just takes a little while to learn how to use them.

Many people who are diabetic are also gluten intolerant and just don't have it bad enough yet to have, or to identify, the symptoms. My doc didn't pick up on it and she is very consciencious. When I did and went to g-free foods, then told her about it, she complemented me on my sleuthing it out … we had both thought I had acid reflux and she had given me Nexium, but that was not so.

jayabee52 2012-05-09 13:53:00 -0500 Report

I don't know about the gluten free meal plan Nyu-chan. I don't think it would hurt you that much. I am pretty well gluten free (even though I don't seem to have a problem with gluten either) for well over 1 year. But I have cut out all grain products to avoid eating carbohydrates.

roshy 2012-05-09 14:06:46 -0500 Report

gluten free diet is safe for diabetics. I think you would be beet off consulting with your doctor first though. Just a small warning- if you are planning on buying gluten free breads and pasta etc they tend to be higher in CHO value which will of course have an effect on bg's. also make sure you have enough fibre in your diet before switching over!!!

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