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Type 1 Diabetes And Food Allergies

Type 1 Diabetes And Food Allergies

Allergies are the reaction of the immune system to something it believes is foreign and dangerous to the body. Food allergies are due to the immune system in the gut or blood stream, becoming reactive to food proteins. Food allergies can be very difficult to identify because they have a diverse spectrum of mild to moderate symptoms, although they can have devastating effects on health with long term exposure. Many parents have experienced milk allergies in their toddlers with symptoms such as asthma, eczema (skin rashes), and digestive problems. While removing milk from their diet resolves the symptoms, some pediatricians will just advise a concerned parent not to worry as their child will outgrow the allergy. While the pediatric symptoms may appear to be resolved, the susceptible child?s immune system now has a higher risk of becoming overactive which, over time, may cause damage to virtually any organ or tissue in the human body, including the pancreas. Food allergies complicate the way a diabetic responds to treatment, whether insulin or non-insulin dependent. Because diabetes is a metabolic disorder, the complications caused by food allergies may make diabetes more difficult to control. Studies suggest that 4 to 9 percent of children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes also have the autoimmune disease called celiac disease (an allergy to gluten/wheat.) Although 60 to 70% of these kids have no celiac symptoms as children, over time the intestinal wall will be severely damaged by the immune system resulting in chronic malabsorption issues and GI distress as adults. Doctors routinely test for celiac disease in those newly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, but a study from Italy indicates that cow?s milk may also be a trigger for Type 1 diabetes. Significantly increased levels Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Modern Foods

Diabetes And Modern Foods

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 16:52 Learn how AntiNutrients in many foods impact wellness, cause fatigue and lead to symptoms . . . and what you can do. Pre-Diabetes: Can we afford this looming epidemic? Dozens of research studies link modern foods like grains and milk products to the development of diabetes. That means we couldprevent millions of pre-diabetics from developing the disease - simply by suggesting they 'switch a few foods'. Trouble is, most doctors are unaware - and lead their patients into a lifetime of treatment. In the US alone there are estimated to be 26 million diabetics (8.3%) A further 79 million are estimated to be pre-diabetic In 2007 in the US - diabetes contributed to more than 230,000 deaths The presence of diabetes is so entrenched in our society that we have become quite accepting, even comfortable with it. But how can we be so complacent? And how can we consistently ignore the new research linking modern foods like grains and dairy to autoimmune diseases like diabetes type 1? Millions and millions of dollars are set aside every year to find a cure for diabetes But surely doesnt the search for the cause carry a great deal more scientific and moral merit than a search for a magical potion? Why put medicines into a pre-diabetic body (even if they do temporarily reduce symptoms) - when we know there will be side-effects . . . and when there is now ample evidence (ref.s below) that simply removing the cause of the illness will arrest the progress of a disease and in many cases allow the body to heal naturally? Most doctors tell diabetic patients that their disease is 'incurable'. But many people may not know that diabetes can be caused by intolerance to foods like milk protein and gluten - and is therefore preventable. So they don't i Continue reading >>

Food Intolerance Linked To Diabetes

Food Intolerance Linked To Diabetes

According to recent reports in the diabetes news, over 50% of the British population could have some form of food intolerance that results in weight gain , diabetes and other complications . The figures are particularly alarming when considered in the context of soaring diabetes diagnoses figures in the last few years. The news was reported by Allergy UK, a charity initiated to aid those suffering from food allergies. Cyndi O'Meara, an expert nutritionist , was reported as commenting: "There's been a 10 fold increase in people with food intolerances in the UK in the last 25 years. A big part of the problem is that we are assaulting our children with chemicals because the food that we are feeding them isn't real anymore, it's just a bunch of food additives, flavourings and colourings. If it's not margarine then it is modified milk, artificial sweeteners, and manmade sugars all of this has been put into the diet over the last 25 years which has resulted in hyper sensitive immune systems that react to everything a person eats." The reason for food intolerance could be down to the stress of modern life, food additives and pollutants all increasing chronic inflammatory conditions. Exactly how this influences pre-diabetes remains to be seen. Continue reading >>

Gluten And Diabetes: Is There A Connection?

Gluten And Diabetes: Is There A Connection?

Although many people continue to buy gluten-free foods at grocery stores and restaurants, it appears the gluten-free trend is waning for those looking to lose weight or gain energy, according to Packaged Facts, a market research company. For those who have to restrict gluten for medical reasons, such as managing celiac disease, gluten-free foods are necessary. A key treatment for those with celiac disease, a recognized and diagnosable medical disorder, is to avoid gluten. But some celebrities and popular diet books have demonized gluten, elevating gluten-free diets to the mainstream. This exposure has led people with no medical reasons to attempt to eliminate gluten from their diets. “It’s caused a bit of hysteria,” says Pam Cureton, a registered dietitian at the Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore. Some people incorrectly associate a gluten-free diet as synonymous with choosing to restrict the amount of carbohydrate they eat. Consumers see the gluten-free label on packaging and assume it must be better. Often, however, the gluten-free food is lower in nutrients and higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, making it a less healthy choice for most people—especially for those with diabetes. Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance: What’s the Difference? Celiac disease, a chronic autoimmune intestinal disorder, affects about 1 percent of the general population. It’s about 8 percent more common among people with type 1 diabetes, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. Celiac disease is characterized by intestinal damage, nutrient deficiencies, joint pain, severe fatigue, weakness, and infertility. Some people, however, have no obvious symptoms when they are diagnosed. Gluten sensitivity is more common than celiac disease. “It affects about 6 pe Continue reading >>

Could Food Sensitivities Be Aggravating Your Blood Sugar Or Diabetes?

Could Food Sensitivities Be Aggravating Your Blood Sugar Or Diabetes?

Could food Sensitivities be Aggravating Your Blood Sugar or Diabetes? With 10% of our population diagnosed with diabetes with an additional two million new cases every year, it is the 7th leading cause of death in America. Also I should mention the 86 million Americans who are prediabetic. ( Link ) According to the CDC, Heart disease and Cancer are the top two leading causes of death, but did you know Diabetes has a direct correlation to heart disease and cancer? For every point your A1C (a blood sugar marker) raises your chances of cancer by 20%! Ok enough statistics. Lets talk a little about diabetes and the hormones involved. Your body has to keep the blood sugar in a certain range for optimal function. Your brain requires sugar to survive and operate properly, thats why people who have low blood sugar can feel tired and foggy headed. But on the other hand sugar is very toxic to your brain and can actually kill brain cells. This is why people with uncontrolled diabetes have bad eye sight and peripheral neuropathies or Diabetic Neuropathy. Diabetic Neuropathy is when people cant feel their feet because the sugar is killing the nerves required for sensation on the skin. As you eat sugar or high glycemic foods, your blood sugar starts to go up. As your blood sugar goes up insulin will be secreted from your pancreas. Insulin is required to get sugar into your cells so they can utilize the sugar and out of your blood stream so it doesnt fry your brain cells. As blood sugar goes down and youre not eating anything, the adrenal gland secretes another hormone called Cortisol which will make the liver release sugar. Remember you have to have some sugar in the blood stream for the brain to function, just not too much sugar. The problem arises where your body is continuously su Continue reading >>

Wheat And Dairy

Wheat And Dairy

We avoided dairy, gluten, and other allergenic foods with my youngest child, both while I was pregnant, and in his first few years of life. He breastfed exclusively for 6 months, and for a few years afterwards. He still developed diabetes. There has long been debate (and there are innumerable studies) about cow's milk and type 1 diabetes. Recent studies that have followed children over time do find evidence that cow's milk consumption may increase the risk of type 1 diabetes and/or associated autoimmunity, although perhaps depending on genetic risk. For example: A long-term study of U.S. children (beginning at birth) found that greater consumption of cow's milk was associated with the development of type 1-related autoantibodies-- but only in children of low to moderate risk of disease. However, cow's milk consumption was also associated with an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes in all of the antibody-positive children (Lamb et al. 2014). Published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, a double-blind, randomized study assigned genetically at-risk infants to receive either regular cow's milk infant formula, or a a casein hydrolysate formula, when breastmilk was not available in the first 6-8 months of life. Over the next ten years, the children are being analyzed for type 1 diabetes as well as type 1 related autoantibodies. The first results were hopeful: the children given hydrolyzed infant formula had a 50% lower risk of developing type 1 related autoantibodies by age 10. (Since this study did not include people from the general population, whether this intervention will work in people less genetically at risk of type 1 is not known). This study was part of a larger trial, the TRIGR (Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk). TRIGR began Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes Linked To Immune Response To Wheat

Type 1 Diabetes Linked To Immune Response To Wheat

Follow all of ScienceDaily's latest research news and top science headlines ! Type 1 Diabetes Linked To Immune Response To Wheat Scientists have discovered what may be an important clue to the cause of type 1 diabetes. Scientists tested 42 people with type 1 diabetes and found that nearly half had an abnormal immune response to wheat proteins. Scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa have discovered what may be an important clue to the cause of type 1 diabetes. Dr. Fraser Scott and his team tested 42 people with type 1 diabetes and found that nearly half had an abnormal immune response to wheat proteins. The study is published in the August 2009 issue of the journal Diabetes. Early in life, the immune system is supposed to learn to attack foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria, while leaving the bodys own tissues and harmless molecules in the environment alone (including food in the gut). When this process goes awry, autoimmune diseases and allergies can develop. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the pancreas, the organ that regulates blood sugar. Dr. Scotts research is the first to clearly show that immune cells called T cells from people with type 1 diabetes are also more likely to over-react to wheat. His research also shows that the over-reaction is linked to genes associated with type 1 diabetes. The immune system has to find the perfect balance to defend the body against foreign invaders without hurting itself or over-reacting to the environment and this can be particularly challenging in the gut, where there is an abundance of food and bacteria, said Dr. Scott, a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Professor of Medicine at the U Continue reading >>

Food Sensitivity, Allergy Or Food Intolerance

Food Sensitivity, Allergy Or Food Intolerance

Food Sensitivity, Allergy or Food Intolerance Posted by Catherine | November 7, 2015 | Allergies , Diabetic Diet | 0 | How did you feel after breakfast this morning? How did you feel after breakfast yesterday or after lunch? The food that you eat will have a direct influence on how you feel. You may have felt alert or energetic or lethargic or bloated but, however, he felt will have been a result of the food you ate. It may well be that you have Food Sensitivity, Allergy or Food Intolerance. Food affects the way we feel but it also affects how we function physically and emotionally. It determines how much concentration we have, it determines how happy we are or how bad tempered we are. To maintain peak performance, its necessary to make sure that all the nutrients in our food get from our digestive system and into our bloodstream. That may be stating the obvious but it seems that for a growing number of people this doesnt happen. An allergy is merely an abnormal response to a normal substance. This can be food or it can be an external substance such as pollen or pet dander. When the substance you are allergic to enters your body your immune system has to react. It produces large quantities of sensitising antibodies which immediately attach themselves to cell membranes. This causes them to erupt and release a number of chemicals and toxins including histamine and leukotrienes. Not surprisingly this causes a great deal of havoc the nasal and sinus cavities block up, the vessels delete there may be sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes, a rash on the skin and muscle spasms. The severity and the type of response depend on the area of the body affected in severe cases it may be accompanied by diarrhoea or vomiting, migraine and restricted breathing. Food allergies are in fact Continue reading >>

Allergies & Diabetes

Allergies & Diabetes

From fall leaves to spring pollen, allergies can strike during any season. People might be allergic to dust, pollen, animals, certain foods and other common environmental elements. Because people with diabetes are particularly vulnerable to allergies, it is essential to discover how to minimize the symptoms. Allergies and Diabetes are both Autoimmune Disorders The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports approximately 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Allergies are an autoimmune disorder as is type 1 diabetes. Many people with type 1 or 2 diabetes may also have allergies. The body’s natural response to allergens is to fight them. As a result, you experience symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, congestion, and a dry throat. Sometimes your eyes are itchy, and you get swelling of the face, lips, tongue or hands. Other symptoms may include chest heaviness or tightness and difficulty breathing as well as a stomach discomfort and bloating. The Ramifications of Dehydration: Allergies and Diabetes Allergies may cause your body to become dehydrated. When people with diabetes suffer dehydration, it may lead to fluctuating blood sugar levels and an elevated heart rate. Drink plain filtered water throughout the day to prevent the release of histamines. Your body releases histamine to stop water loss, and this triggers allergy symptoms. Stay hydrated to eliminate allergy symptoms and avoid blood sugar surges. When you exercise, keep bottled water handy to avoid dehydration. Foods and Allergy Symptoms Certain foods may aggravate allergy symptoms. You may need to avoid beverages and foods that produce mucous such as dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream. Be aware that alcohol, such as red wine, contains sulfites and may cause alle Continue reading >>

Food Allergies And Diabetes

Food Allergies And Diabetes

Posted by Catherine | November 8, 2015 | Diabetic Diet | 0 | Food allergies and diabetes are really not a great combination. Although food sensitivity can have a variety of symptoms results they very often leave you feeling tired and jaded. Managing diabetes is hard enough without the added complication of food sensitivities. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic condition and food intolerances can trigger inflammation, destruction of cells in the form of an autoimmune disease and insulin resistance can be triggered by food intolerances. What that means in plain English is if you have a food intolerance or a combination food intolerances it may be far harder for you if not impossible to cure your diabetes. Fortunately, food allergies are very rare they affect less than 1% of the population. Food intolerance of food sensitivity is a milder form of allergy and these effect about 20% of the population. Food intolerance tends also to be to specific groups of products. The main culprits are Wheat-based bread and cereals and wheat bran products. Processed bread cakes pastries biscuits and cookies Dairy products, especially cows milk and cows milk cheese Food additives such as monosodium glutinate and tartrazine and yellow additives Because these intolerances are so common to this types of foods you often get an immediate improvement. The first step is to eliminate the first five group for two weeks. If there is an immediate improvement there is no need to go any further but if you feel better after three weeks it is worth eliminating the next five culprits and they are: Tomatoes, peppers and aubergines, and potatoes If you feel better after two weeks it is worth staying off the first big five group and reintroduce each week one food from the second group. When you reintroduce a foo Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Food Allergies: The Connection?

Diabetes And Food Allergies: The Connection?

Diabetes and food allergies: The connection? ByVatsal Anand , Onlymyhealth editorial team There is a connection between food allergies and diabetes. Food allergies can make diabetes difficult to manage. Food allergies give rise to insulin resistance. There can be some metabolism complications. Food allergies can make diabetes difficult to manage. An allergy is a reaction of your immune system to a substance that is not considered foreign to your body. What makes them worse is that they show little visible symptoms. Food allergies complicate the way the condition responds to the treatment being undertaken. There can be some metabolism complications of that can be caused by food allergies. Moreover, intolerances can make the condition more difficult to control and even irreversible at times. Some of the complications that food allergies or other intolerances can trigger are auto-immune cell destruction, inflammation and insulin resistance. Food allergies give rise to insulin resistance after the body swells up (oedema). Oedema is a response to the inflammation which contributes to the diabetic type conditions in the body. Inflammation caused by saturated fats is also one of the main triggers of an adverse diabetic response to food intolerance. Saturated fats cause the immune cells release a protein interleukin-1 Beta which is inflammatory. This protein reacts with various organs and tissues and resists insulin. Auto-immune responses are generally the effect of food allergies common with diabetes. Insulin resistance can result from many causes, which include food allergies and other intolerances. These can come in many forms. The highly processed food that we eat these days, which is full of chemicals, can cause the very process of ingestion can to chronic inflammation in Continue reading >>

Food Intolerance May Cause Diabetes | Science | The Guardian

Food Intolerance May Cause Diabetes | Science | The Guardian

A common type of diabetes that affects young people may be caused by an adverse reaction to food, scientists have found. Suspicion has fallen on diet as a trigger for type 1 diabetes, which is usually diagnosed in childhood, following the surprise discovery that the condition is genetically similar to coeliac disease, a gut disorder caused by intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat. Genetic tests on nearly 20,000 people revealed that those with type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease shared seven unusual genetic regions that were not seen in healthy volunteers. The finding will prompt scientists to investigate whether gluten or other dietary factors may cause diabetes in young people who are genetically susceptible to the condition. Early-onset diabetes occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, which is needed to control blood sugar levels. Around 250,000 in Britain are diagnosed with the condition, which can lead to blindness, limb amputations, kidney failure and heart disease. Coeliac disease affects about 1% of the population and is also caused by a malfunction in the immune system, but because it attacks gut cells that can grow back, the disease is treatable. "What we need to look at now is if there is a dietary trigger for type 1 diabetes," said David van Heel, a geneticist at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, who co-authored the study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Continue reading >>

Understand The Connection Between Food Allergies And Diabetes

Understand The Connection Between Food Allergies And Diabetes

(NewsTarget) Here is food for thought. Food allergies can actually cause diabetic responses complicating anti-diabetic protocols and treatments. With Diabetes Mellitus being a metabolic disorder, diabetes becomes less controllable or irreversible when other metabolic issues due to food allergies and intolerances arise. Inflammation, auto-immune destruction of cells, and insulin resistance can be triggered by food intolerances. Inflammation The necessity to trim or eliminate saturated fat from the diet has been well documented. It seems that saturated fat not only can affect good heart health, but can also trigger insulin resistance. Research conducted at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine found that saturated fats cause immune cells to activate and excrete an inflammatory protein called interleukin-1 Beta. This protein interacts with organs and tissues causing them to resist insulin. Dr. William Philpott noted that some food allergies caused body cells to swell (edema) leading to insulin resistance. Edema is a response to inflammation which contributed to diabetic type responses in the body. He and his team observed blood sugar levels of patients before and after meals. When the offending food was removed, the diabetic response vanished in conjunction with the inflammation. The offending foods were usually corn, wheat, and dairy products. Auto-Immune Destruction In some Type 1 diabetics auto-immune responses can play a key role in their diabetes. It is thought that some 75% of Type 1 diabetics are allergic to their own pancreatic cells, which are responsible for insulin production. Research conducted in Australia and Italy has found a correlation between cow's milk and Type 1 diabetes in children. Bovine Serum Albumin is a protein to which some individu Continue reading >>

Managing Food Allergies & Diabetes

Managing Food Allergies & Diabetes

People with food allergies become unconsciously aware of everything that enters their mouths. The same can be said for people with diabetes who are required to manage their insulin levels each day. The relationship between food allergies and diabetes is undeniable. A food allergy can prompt a diabetic response, in turn complicating anti-diabetic treatments. Diabetes Mellitus, a metabolic disorder, can become harder to control when food allergies arise. When food intolerance occurs, inflammation and insulin resistance may be triggered. At The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC, Dr. Liszewski and the esteemed allergy team are committed to a holistic approach to allergy treatment. We look for the underlying cause of the patient’s allergy, addressing potential and harmful triggers, while focusing on maintaining optimal health. If you or someone you know is looking for a reliable and helpful allergy management facility in Scottsdale or the Phoenix-metro area, contact The Allergy and Environmental Treatment Center, LLC today. It is necessary to eliminate or cut back saturated fat from your diet if you struggle with insulin resistance. According to research from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, saturated fats promote activity of immune cells to emit interleukin-1 Beta, an inflammatory protein. Interleukin-1 Beta is known for causing organs and tissues to resist insulin. Food allergies also cause cells to become inflamed, leading to insulin resistance. This process, called edema, is a common diabetic type response. Food allergies and intolerances can cause insulin resistance. Ingesting certain foods cause inflammation, disrupting insulin production and other bodily processes. Being cognizant of your diet improves the health of your digestive s Continue reading >>

Link Between Type 1 Diabetes And Allergic Response To Wheat

Link Between Type 1 Diabetes And Allergic Response To Wheat

Link between Type 1 Diabetes and allergic response to wheat Scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa have discovered what may be an important clue to the cause of type 1 diabetes. Dr Fraser Scott and his team tested 42 people with type 1 diabetes and found that nearly half had an abnormal immune response to wheat proteins. The infant and young immune system is meant to learn to differentiate between foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria (to be attacked) and the bodys own tissues and harmless molecules such as food. But when this process goes awry, autoimmune diseases and allergies can develop. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the pancreas, the organ that regulates blood sugar. Now Dr Fraser Scott and his research team have, for the first time, clearly shown that immune cells, called T cells, from people with type 1 diabetes are also more likely to over-react to wheat and that the over-reaction is linked to genes associated with type 1 diabetes. The research suggests that people with certain genes may be more likely to develop an over-reaction to wheat and possibly other foods in the gut and this may tip the balance with the immune system and make the body more likely to develop other immune problems, such as type 1 diabetes. Dr Scotts previous research had shown that a wheat-free diet can reduce the risk of developing diabetes in animal models, but he notes that more research will be required to confirm the link and determine possible effects of diet changes in humans. Continue reading >>

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