Gluten Free Diet

By denipink Latest Reply 2015-01-17 17:28:03 -0600
Started 2013-05-19 20:08:21 -0500

Hi friends, i am considering starting a gluten free diet hoping for relief for psoriasis. I am wondering if this will affect my blood sugar readings?

Does anybody here have a gluten intolerance?

Thanks, Denise in Ontario, Canada

8 replies

RebDee 2015-01-17 17:28:03 -0600 Report

I am on a gluten free diet and it is helping to keep down my BS readings. I have no idea if it will help psoriasis. It does help me to lose weight as the slices of gluten free bread are small and therefore I eat less.

KG66 2013-05-23 15:19:18 -0500 Report

Hi Denise! Would first like to add that I am also from Ontario! :) I don't usually eat gluten. I started my gluten free diet to help support my boyfriend who got diagnose with Celiacs over a year ago. I still try and do it though because I feel better eating gluten free. It doesn't really affect my numbers. In fact there are certain gluten free things that have a little less carbs then the normal whole wheat stuff. Like bread. Not a huge difference but there is like 2-5 carbs less.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-05-22 23:38:16 -0500 Report

I have gone more grain free than Gluten free. Oats, corn, rice and potatoes are all used in various combos in Gluten Free products, they all spike my BG. Since wheat also spikes me, I have been using almond meal/flour in combo with whey powder and coconut flour while playing around with bread and cake/muffin substitutes with good BG results. Seems I feel full sooner and stay not hungry longer than with grain based foods. Also my BG is level longer, no unexpected sudden lows Since I am eating less the higher price of almond flour/meal versus wheat flour doesn't seem as much overall. For example 1/4 c of almond flour/meal, 1 to 2 Tbsp whey powder, 1 tsp coconut, 1/4 tsp baking soda, a pinch salt, 1 to 2 Tbsp of Splenda or whatever sweetener,2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce, 1Tbsp sour cream, 1/8 tsp honey,1/4 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves & 1/4 tsp ginger stirred int 2 Tbsp melted butter, then mix in 1 egg and 1/8 tsp vinegar.. Makes 4 muffins that can be microwaved in just a few minutes. I usually eat two as snacks over my 8 hour work shift with a yogurt as my meal. Something like this might fit into your budget. At first, when I looked at the price per pound I doubted, but it seems to stretch further than "cheaper" wheat flour. When I used to make apple muffins with wheat flour, 1 never worked as a snack, unless I would have added protein to compensate for the flour carbs. The balance of protein and carbs of the Almond apple muffins works for me.

granniesophie 2013-05-22 21:38:36 -0500 Report

I have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Have been since last September. I have gone completely gluten free, even with shampoo , makeup, and my dog's food! I gained some weight on the GF diet in the beginning, because I was able to get nutrients from my food again, but I was also eating some bad GF stuf fwith high carbs. Just because it's GF doesn't mean it's good for you! Once I got myself coordinated with foods, I noticed my BS had gone down quite a bit. I am on Lantus, because I can't take other oral meds-there are issues with me and them, but I only take 16 units a night, never go low, and seldom go high. Going GF saved my life, practically, I can now mostly function like I did before, except when I get gluten inadvertently, and then I'm sick for days, and back to square one! GF has been know to help with skin problems, so you might do well, but I would definitely speak with your doctor first, since it is a drastic step and you'll need to be monitored to make sure you are getting proper nutrition!

denipink 2013-05-22 22:33:48 -0500 Report

Thanks for your post :) Sorry to learn that you are Celiac. My cousin's daughter is too and she was diagnosed very young. It must be that much harder for the young ones wanting candy, pizza out with their friends and such.

I have been doing a lot of google searches to learn what i can but of course i won't do much before i see my doctor on the 27th. He is vegan and wanted me on that diet and i tried my best but just could not afford it in the end. I hope the GF free diet is not expensive. I have just a small disability pension and so a small food budget. For my adult son and myself, we have to make do with just $80 a week. It is just the bare bones, believe me. I could eat much better if i had more money. I AM grateful for what i have, don't get me wrong. I thank God every day for all that i have and i pray for those that have far less than i have.

I joined a GF support group just today and i am looking forward to being a part of that community.

By the way, some of the reading i have done on gluten suggests that both type 1 and 2 diabetes benefits GREATLY from a GF diet. Some of the research i have read goes so far as to suggest that gluten in the diet can CAUSE diabetes. Go figure :)

Well, thanks again for posting to my thread. I am learning a lot here and i sure like the people here!

Good night :) Denise

Caroltoo 2013-05-19 23:50:15 -0500 Report

I have been gluten free for almost two years now. If you are gluten intolerant as I am, the gluten injures the lining of the intestine which then causes inflammation and poor absorption of nutrients. When I eat foods that contain carbohydrates with gluten, my BGs go much higher than when I eat the same food made with carbohydrates that are gluten free. Don't know if it's this way for everyone who is gluten intolerant, but it is my body's reaction.

denipink 2013-05-20 00:31:40 -0500 Report

Thanks for responding :) I will see if there is a test i can take before going any further with this.

How did you learn how to adapt to a gluten free diet? Is there anything online that you could direct me to?

Caroltoo 2013-05-21 14:44:19 -0500 Report

There is a test for Celiac Disease which is the most intense form of gluten reaction and is also an autoimmune disease sometimes linked to Type 1 Diabetes. I've had the test and do not have Celiac Disease.

There is no test for gluten sensitivity/gluten intolerance that my doctor could find. I have seen one listed by a supply center in Texas, but it was rather expensive and I didn't follow-up on it at the time. I don't have that information now, but I'm sure you could google it.

As for adapting, it's been trial and error. I also have googled Celiac Disease and used some of that information. While Gluten Intolerance is not as extreme as Celiac, you follow the same general precautions, you just may not have to be as careful about extremely small quantities of gluten.

I use Udi's gluten free Prairie Bread which I find the tastiest of the g-f breads I've tried. There are also g-f pastas, fettuchini, linguini, macaroni, tortillas, and muffins. Most are found in the freezer section of Whole Foods or a similar type of store.

I've also started to use quinoa (Andean seed which is high in protein) in place of rice and potatoes in some dishes. I add high protein chia seeds to cooked dishes and salads. These meet some of the bodies desire for grain type foods.

Personally, I've moved more toward eating organic vegetables, fruit, and meat that I prepare myself. When you avoid the prepackaged and precooked items in the grocery, you cut out many of the additives that will inflame your digestive system and cause abdominal pain and bloating. It's also a way to avoid the salt, sugar, and other additives which aren't that healthy for any of us who are diabetic.