Eat a gluten-free diet for type 2 diabetes and celiac disease

By dietcherry Latest Reply 2012-06-03 19:09:11 -0500
Started 2012-06-02 21:58:42 -0500

I was compelled to share this with all of you—-it is an interesting read:

(NaturalNews) New research finds that almost one in four adolescents in the United States have diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to The New York Times. These are not children with juvenile diabetes but full-on type 2 diabetes. More than 25 million adults already have diabetes and 79 million may have prediabetes, yet few people consider a diabetes diet. There is a definite correlation between diet and diabetes symptoms. Studies suggest that eating a gluten-free diet without dairy could be good for diabetes and celiac disease, a condition characterized by an allergy to gluten.

Diabetes and celiac
The only treatment for celiac disease is following a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein found in most grains, including wheat, barely and rye. Adopting a gluten-free diet relieves symptoms in people with celiac and those who are sensitive to gluten, yet a study published in Diabetologia journal reports that diabetics should consider a gluten-free diet too.

The study observed people with type 2 diabetes on the Paleo diet versus the Mediterranean diet. The Paleo diet calls for no grains, no dairy, no salt. It recommends fruits, vegetables, nuts, seafood and lean meats. The diet is based on how early man ate and discourages any processed foods. The Mediterranean diet also allows fruits, vegetables, seafood and lean meats. The main difference is that the Mediterranean diet recommends unrefined grains, such as whole grain products. A little dairy is also acceptable on the diet.

The results of this study found that people on the Mediterranean diet had very little, if any, improvement in diabetes symptoms. The group who followed the Paleo diet experienced a reverse in diabetes symptoms, showing a clear correlation between a gluten-free diet and diabetes.

The Mediterranean group experienced a 7 percent lower rise in glucose in response to carbohydrate intake whereas the Paleolithic group saw a 26 percent reduction. The group who ate the gluten-free diet Paleo diet had normal glucose levels at the conclusion of the study.

Diet and diabetes
Only a decade ago the prevalence of type 2 diabetes among children aged 12 to 19 was low. Now it is growing at an alarming rate. Also, experts are finding that diabetes progresses more quickly in children than adults, plus is more difficult to treat.

Adopting a diabetes diet without grains or dairy could help many of the children and adults who are at risk for developing diabetes. It would also benefit people with celiac disease, many of whom have no idea that they have the condition. Experts estimate that around 15 percent of people in the US have some form of gluten sensitivity.

Perhaps the people who could most benefit from a gluten-free diet are people with type 1 diabetes. Experts estimate that around 10 percent of people with type 1 diabetes also have celiac disease. This does not account for how many diabetics may also have a mild to moderate gluten intolerance.

Diabetes diet
Eliminating dairy as part of a diabetes diet is fairly easy. With the exception of whey, casein and a few other ingredients that do not sound like they are dairy-derived, gluten-containing ingredients and products with hidden gluten are much harder to identify. Many salad dressings, broths, candies, condiments, sauces, soy products and mixes have gluten.

Adopting a gluten-free diet comes with the price of time to learn all the possible gluten foods and alternatives. However, a gluten-free diet may be the best thing for someone with diabetes and celiac disease.

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7 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-03 19:09:11 -0500 Report

Time to get back to reading the Paleo diet blogs again. Seems I do feel better and have better BG readigs when I follow a more Paleo plan.
But I might have trouble giving up my Greek yogurt cheesecake for awhile.

jimmuel 2012-06-03 08:58:26 -0500 Report

this a very interesting artical,an very useful to,im going to show it to my family,theres alote of diabetic's in my family an prediabetic,thanks for sharing this dietcherry

Caroltoo 2012-06-02 23:30:29 -0500 Report

Good information. Hope people really consider the implications for themselves. So many onsite who have severe stomach and digestive issues have scoffed at the possibility of gluten intolerance and yet, when you see how underdiagnosed it is because the symptoms develop slowly/quietly, it is such a real possibility with a workable solution that improves health so very much.

dietcherry 2012-06-03 09:55:57 -0500 Report

Yes! You and I know ifrom research that its becoming more common because of excessive gluten content in the food supply.

jayabee52 2012-06-02 22:28:18 -0500 Report

Sometimes I wonder if I may have a touch of gluten sensitivity. I note that when I am "bad" and have bread or crackers sometimes my bleeding ulcer starts to bleed again. a couple days following that bleed and I stop eating the flour based items, the bleeding stops. Just noticed that.

Thanks for sharing DC!

dietcherry 2012-06-02 22:31:52 -0500 Report

Youre welcome! I thought it was a good read and made some good points. Thats interesting what you say about your ulcer bleeding when you ingest flour—might very well be a connection to gluten-sensitivity.