Is Gluten Free Diet Good For A Diabetic?

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Low-gluten Or Gluten-free Diets Linked To Type 2 Diabetes

Does reduction in gluten consumption provide long-term health benefits? Gluten is a protein that is commonly found in wheat, rye and barley, which gives bread and other baked goods elasticity and a chewy texture. It is avoided in a small percentage of the population that cannot tolerate gluten due to Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Gluten-free foods often contain less dietary fiber and other micronutrients, such as, vitamins and minerals, thus making them less nutritious and they also tend to cost more. However, recent popularity of gluten-free diets has been trending even among people without any health problems. A ‘Gluten-free’ diet has been interchangeably used to represent a ‘healthy diet.’ On the contrary, researchers have shown concern that it may actually lead to the development of type 2 diabetes (T2D) over a period of few decades. Although there is no scientific evidence that low-gluten will contribute to diabetes, the scientists are concerned about the long-term health benefits with the reduction in gluten consumption. An analysis of a large study of U.S. health professionals observed the effects of food on health in nearly 200,000 subjects. The study sugges Continue reading >>

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  1. moon2

    Metformin side effects - pros and cons of continuing?

    I started on 2000 mg Metformin and had violent side effects. They started calming down but never went away. Several days ago started Metformin ER 500 mg 4x/daily and the gastro issue is better but still there.
    Am hoping this rights itself in time, but if it doesn't, what is the downside of continuing if I can adapt and get used to it? Metformin seems to be the best med out there for insulin resistance - I'd like to continue w/ it - but don't know if there would be any long-term issues.
    Am also thinking if I can get my fastings consistently in the low 80's (now they're 85-100, then perhaps I could reduce to 1500 mg and that might make a difference.

  2. furball64801

    I have been on it so long I really dont think about it, I hope your issues improve but your fastings are fantastic hows your carb intake can you lower it and add more fiber for many that helps.

  3. jwags

    I have occasional gas but nothing severe. I do think when you switch to the ER it may take awhile to get used to it again ( a few weeks). I was able to get bgs into the low 80's but now they have seemed to creep back up to the 90's with extra exercise in the summer. As far as the side effects from Metformin, I think you have to make the decision based on the impact to your life. Have you increased your fiber consumption. This seems to help a lot of us. Also changing times of day that you take the metformin may help. I rarely take it with food.

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