Diabetes and Celiac

By Emma2412 Latest Reply 2010-06-14 09:58:37 -0500
Started 2010-06-11 12:18:33 -0500

Hi, All
I've talked about the combination of these two diseases before. I was just recently tested to see if I had celiac disease because certain symptoms I had seemed to suggest that to my doctor. So, guess what? I am borderline.
After doing hours of research on the disease, I have learned that thousands and thousands of people are now learning that they have either borderline or full celiac.
It can be a very uncomfortable disease (to put it mildly), especially if you're like me and love whole grain products.
But I'm not complaining. I'll just have to spend a little more time putting a diet together. But it won't hold me back. That I can say with full confidence. It's just another learning curve. No big deal.
Plus, I can tell you right now it'll be a pleasure not to have to feel like my body is about to explode through my clothes with the terrible bloating that I was getting. Yikes! Just one-half of a slice of whole grain bread would do that to me, for instance.

4 replies

Crashnot 2010-06-14 09:58:37 -0500 Report

I was just diagnosed in November, and was so grateful to discover I am NOT dying of diabetes complications, I just need to lose the wheat! I had developed foot neuropathy (reversed it with mega vitamin doses before I knew it was from celiac), rashes, massive fatigue, and anemia. Not fun with two pre-schoolers to keep up with!

I'm having a lot of fun now experimenting with new ingredients for baking recipes. My kids are fine, but if I cook them cookies, pancakes, or anything with flour, the dust contaminates my food and I'm sick, once again. So now we all eat my gluten-free baking. This morning I just cranked out some tasty loooow-carb, no-gluten ginger cupcakes.

I've discovered a lot of low-carb flour substitutes which does a lot for both me and my type 2 husband. My favorites right now are bean flour, almond flour, whey protein powder, and if I need the fiber, psyllium husk. Teff is wonderful but I find I react badly to it. Mix any of those with a bit of rice flour to sweeten it up, and of course xanthan gum to give it a bread texture, and you'll have a lot of fun.

The health food store was getting a bit pricey to be buying the gluten free flours in 3-cup increments, so we invested in a Family Food Mill with the motor, and now I can crank out my own flour from inexpensive bags of grain at the supermarket. Rice and beans are especially convenient. It was the cheapest food mill with a motor (about $150) and does a really nice job, rated pretty high in the comparisons I was able to find.

Good luck with the celiac! It's very frustrating to try and eat out, eat at friend's gatherings, or even at home, but you'll feel so much better and live so much better now that you know. I swear I get cross-contaminated at least once a month, but my last antibody test came back false-positive. So in the past six months I've apparently been on the right track. Still healing up from the years of damage though and looking forward to finally FEELING WELL!


sc1boy 2010-06-12 10:57:34 -0500 Report

Hi Emma I know how it feels I have had it for many years. Mine was bad but it had gotten better so the doc told me to eat anything. Well it started to act up again a few months ago so now I am back on the diet. It has been hard for me because I am like you I love to eat bread and crackers, luckly I have found some gluten free crackers and pretzels. So good luck in the search.

petals 2010-06-12 09:24:51 -0500 Report

You are a strong woman Emma, and I know that you will get your diet right and continue on full speed ahead.

gregsteele 2010-06-12 05:50:03 -0500 Report

uncomfortable is putting it very mildly i had a friend with celiac she had horrible pains at times and was always bloated and miserable good luck EMMA as you know were all here for you love to all GREG

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