Celiac disease

Bus driver 204
By Bus driver 204 Latest Reply 2014-08-17 12:23:54 -0500
Started 2014-08-16 15:02:06 -0500

I have had type 2 diabetes for about 2 or 3 years. I was diagnosed with celiac disease as well. Does anyone else have this? Does any one know if I eat gluten free, does that help control blood sugars? If so, does anyone have suggestions?

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Glucerna 2014-08-17 12:23:54 -0500 Report

As Gabby says, it's important to pay attention to the carbohydrate content of gluten-free foods, because the amount can differ from what you might expect. Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian who can help you figure out the healthiest way to eat for both celiac sprue and diabetes. Many communities have celiac support groups which can be extremely helpful. The Celiac Sprue support association at http://www.csaceliacs.org/ also has a wealth of information and support. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2014-08-17 10:44:05 -0500 Report

There are several members here who suffer from both afflictions. I can only imagine that eating gluten free can help because you are removing something from your diet that boosts your glucose and bothers your digestive system. So I can see it would be a win, win. There are tons of books out there on eating and cooking gluten free. We have not removed it 100% from our home, but we have reduced it a lot. I use almond and coconut flour in much of my baking now and really like it.

Just to be clear, gluten free doesn't mean carb free. So use caution. Some gluten free products are very high in carbohydrates. As always, read your labels.

jayabee52 2014-08-16 16:14:57 -0500 Report

Howdy Driver

Statistically speaking, "About three million people in the U.S. have celiac disease, but only 5% (150,000) are actually diagnosed. Twenty-five percent of new diagnoses occur in adults older than 60 years of age. And 6% of people with Type 1 diabetes have celiac. In people with Type 2 diabetes, about 1 in 250 have celiac. Having a family history of celiac increases the risk by between 5% and 15%. Celiac disease tends to be more common in people of European ancestry, as well as in people who have autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune thyroid disease." source: ~ http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/Blog/Am... (you also may want to take a look at parts 2 and 3)

Regarding gluten free and lowered BG blood glucose the answer would seem to be yes. See ~ http://www.livestrong.com/article/314665-glut...

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