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gluten free diets and diabetics
Debsbears posted:
I am type 2 D. They are testing me via biopsies for Celiac Disease.

From what I read there will be another life style change in the way of foods.

Anyone else on a Gluten Free diet? How hard is it to maintain your sugars. At present mine in the AM it is between 80 and 90 according to my meter. And no higher than 105, 2 hrs after eating.

At Mayo they did the glucose P is was 92 15 hrs not eating just water. Also they did a HA1cB which was 6.0 In the last 3 months I was on Prednisone and antibiotics 3 times which would account for the high A1c for me.

Is there a difference between what I call the normal test of HA1c and a HA1cB?
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mhall6252 responded:
Deb - I asked Dr. Google and it would seem they are one and the same. This would be a fabulous time for one of our expert contributors to clarify.

I sure hope you don't have to add "gluten free" to your other food restrictions. You've got enough limitations as it is!

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Debsbears replied to mhall6252's response:
I hope I don't have this Celiac Disease but if I do it will bring us closer to having another answer. The symptoms fit. The gluten free diet however not so sure of.

Like you said I am already limited - and high fiber via whole wheat was an everyday staple to keep things traveling the right path. Soy products are a no no for me. I will have to find a very good dietitian that works with special dietary needs.

Still waiting for the biopies, tomorrow the colonoscopy.
I shall wait upon the Lord and renew my strength.
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PatiAnn32460 replied to Debsbears's response:
I have quite a few food allergies--peanuts, soy, milk, corn and wheat--and I must follow a very strict diet. Gluten free foods can still have ingredients that I am allergic to and must avoid, but there are a lot of really great products on the market to keep mealtime from being boring and they actually taste good, too!!
IMJustGrandma responded:
My husband is Celiac and Diabetic. His diet is not easy, but possible. It is a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. We make a lot of soups, such as vegetable that you can control the carb count (few potato) lots of cabbage, etc.It just takes a little more planning. We can eat out. Usually you can get grilled fish, no seasoning, salads and vegetables. A couple products that are very helpful are Hoods (at walmart) carb smart milk. Great for sugar free puddings, etc, and Breyers carb smart icecream. None of the gluten free breads or pastas were low enough carbs that also tasted good, so we make our own with gluten free flours.
He is happy with his diet as it is more diversified than you would think.
Just letting you know from experience that it is not the end of the world and it is possible with just a little more work.
It is worth it to see him healthy again.
geni55 replied to PatiAnn32460's response:
PatiAnn, I must ask you how you are doing. My niece is allergic to beef, pork, most fish, corn, rice, and a bunch of veggies. None of hers are life threatening, just bumps and rashes, light itching so far.
How are you finding foods that do not have corn? When I look for things to bring home, I find corn of some sort in almost every prepackaged food. There is also a chance she has gluten issues too and she is getting tired of the few foods she can eat. (did I mention chocolate too and she love chocolate)
Michael Dansinger, MD replied to Debsbears's response:
Hi Deb,
Have you learned anything from the biopsies yet? I hope you don't have celiac.You are already so limited in your eating.

Debsbears replied to Michael Dansinger, MD's response:
Hi Dr. D as a matter of fact just found out the biopsies were normal. Yes I am so limited that if I had it I would have had a huge problem. It's back to the drawing board as most of my symptoms fit the Celiac Disease to a T. It is good news not to have it.

I have not posted the full effect of what happened at Mayo because I am still being followed up with new specialist now here. I should be ready to tell all by next week but I'll put it on my blog for the diabetes board to follow.
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sher08 replied to Debsbears's response:
I have Diverticulitis and Type 2 Diabetes. I have a sensitivity to Gluten according to my Gastroenterologist but not an allergy. I did not realize there was a different type of A1C available nor did I realize that other Type 2 Diabetics were in a similar situation. I do what I can but it is overwhelming at times. Can someone expound more on this to confirm? Also, I've been tested for Celiac Disease but it was so medieval and awful. I don't think I did it correctly but my results came back negative. I would like to know if there could have been a blood test or something to test for it instead of what I went through.
Debsbears replied to sher08's response:
sher08 not sure what way you went "medieval and awful".

I was told and read they can do blood tests to see if you have Celiac Disease but for a 100% accuracy they need to do the Endoscopy and take biopsies of the small intestines - that is what they did for me and it came back normal and/or negative.

I have not been to the allergist to see if I have a wheat allergy.
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Debsbears replied to IMJustGrandma's response:
IMjustgrandma thank you for your input. What your husband eats sounds wonderful I am glad he is able to adapt to the Gluten Free foods.

Much of what you mentioned I would never be able to consume. I only have a small part of my colon left and my food right now is extremely limited. With the exception of Swiss Cheese dairy products and leafy greens are off the table.
I shall wait upon the Lord and renew my strength.
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