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Is Going Gluten-free Giving You Diabetes? New Study Links Diet With The Disease

Is going gluten-free giving you diabetes? New study links diet with the disease Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley have championed gluten-free foodCredit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock Gluten-free diets adopted by growing numbers of health-conscious consumersenhance the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, scientists have warned. A majorstudy by Harvard University suggests that ingesting only small amounts of the protein, or avoiding it altogether, increases the danger of diabetes by as much as 13 per cent. The findings are likely to horrify the rising number of people who are banishing gluten from their daily diet, encouraged by fashionable clean eating gurus such as Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley. People without Celiac disease may reconsider limiting their gluten intake for chronic disease prevention, especially for diabetes Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley and gives food a chewy texture and elasticity during the baking process. Only around 1 per cent of people are genuinely gluten-intolerant, a condition called coeliac disease, however some estimates put the proportion of adults adhering to gluten-free diets in the UK at more than 12 per cent. The researchers behind thestudy haves Continue reading >>

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  1. MathWiz

    I wasn’t sure which section I should post this in, my strategy is what I call the 4–2–1 plan, I fast 2 day non consecutive days a week, eat a low carb but not calorie restricted diet 4 days a week to keep the fat burning benefits of ketosis going and then I give myself 1 day a week to indulge and eat whatever I want, usually a Saturday pasta dinner and wonderful dessert. I also walk 4 to 6 miles a day during the week and 10 to 12 miles on Saturday.
    Low Carb plans such as Atkins can be very effective for some people including me, many people who start a low carb diet experience get what’s called the “ketosis flu” or the “induction flu” in the first few days while the body is adapting to burning ketones instead of glucose.
    The basic symptoms are:
    – Headaches
    – Nausea
    – Upset stomach
    – Lack of mental clarity (brain fog)
    – Sleepiness
    – Fatigue
    It’s called the “ketosis flu” for a reason: you feel sick. I’ve gone through it and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Fortunately it only lasted 2 days but then suddenly I woke up feeling much better, less hungry and my energy level was really high and consistent throughout the day!
    The first time I thought to myself: “What the heck am I doing? I feel like I’m going to die!” but I persevered and when it was over I didn’t regret a thing because what I had gained mentally and physically was 100% worth it.
    For those of you that are going through the ketosis flu, don’t give up! I know you feel like it’s never going to get better but stick with it and you´ll be so happy you did! I’m telling you, waking up refreshed for the first time in years, not getting the afternoon “blah” feeling and stuffing my face with carbs to try to boost my energy is the best side effect of the low carb diet I’ve experienced. Okay, losing weight while eating good food, feeling full and satisfied is great too.
    First you have to understand why your body is reacting this way. Your body’s been burning glucose for energy so it’s basically full of enzymes that are waiting to deal with the carbs you eat, but now the body needs to make new enzymes that burn fat for fuel instead of carbs, and the transition period causes the flu-like symptoms.
    There are some things you can do to lessen the symptoms of the ketosis flu and to make it go away sooner (to force the body to transition sooner) Ok, let’s get to the good part – what to do:
    First of all – you’re probably dehydrated. Drink PLENTY of water while you’re on a low carb diet, and then drink some more.
    Watch your electrolytes. When the body is getting rid of excess insulin from your former carb-crazy diet you´ll lose lots of fluids that have been retained in your body. This causes the rapid weight loss most people see in their first few days of ketosis, it’s mostly water, sorry. When you lose all the retained water you also lose electrolytes like sodium, magnesium and potassium. When you’re lacking them you´ll feel like crap so when you’re feeling really ill on the ketosis flu try things like chicken/beef broth and look for foods rich in these minerals. Take a multi-vitamin and a multi-mineral.
    Ok, here is where people throw the red flag – Eat more fat – Yup, I said MORE fat. Have some butter, just not on a roll, eat some bacon and eggs for breakfast, just skip the potatoes and toast. This will force your body to hurry up the transition. You´ll think this is crazy and think you´ll never get lose weight eating this way, but you will.
    Don’t eat too much protein – The body can transform protein into glucose so if you eat too much of it in the first days it will slow down the transition. Go for fatty meat and cheese if you can, add fat to protein shakes etc.
    Drink water, replenish electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, potassium) with food and supplements, drink broth, eat fat and not too much protein.
    I hope this helps, and have a great day
    Charles

  2. rockyromero

    @mathwiz
    ” Take a multi-vitamin and a multi-mineral.”
    I have been forgetting to take a multi-vitamin on fast days. Thanks for the reminder.
    “Eat more fat – Yup, I said MORE fat. ”
    I will have avocado more often.

  3. AussieJess

    Thanks for that info, very interesting

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Gluten-free Diets: American Diabetes Association

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and all foods that are made with these grains. Celiac disease is a digestivedisorder. When someone with celiac disease eats foodcontaining gluten, their body reacts by damaging the small intestine.Uncomfortable symptoms such as abdominal pain often occur. The damage tothe small intestinealso interferes with the body's ability to make use of the nutrients in food. About 1% of the total population has celiac disease. It is more common in people with type 1 diabetes. An estimated 10% of people with type 1 also have celiac. The only way to manage celiac disease is to completely avoid all foods that have gluten. Following a gluten-free diet will prevent permanent damage to your body and will help you feel better. There are also many people who are said to have a gluten intolerance. When these people eat foods that contain gluten, they also experience uncomfortable symptoms. However, they test negative for celiac disease and actual damage to their small intestine does not occur. More research about gluten intolerance is needed, but avoiding foods with gluten should help to relieve these symptoms. Taking gluten out of your diet can be a dif Continue reading >>

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  1. testerz123456

    How long can I live w/o insulin (T1)

    Hi there,
    I'm 25 years old, have been diabetic (type 1) for about 6 years. I'm running out of money and I'm wondering, if I eat a low carb diet, how long I can go w/o insulin for? Will I die? I spent 2 of those 6 years doing little but heroin (diabetic needles made it convenient), so I didn't use to eat much.
    I don't have money for a doctor or for the good insulin (RX + $100 vial of lantis, humlog, etc).
    Any advice?

  2. testerz123456

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    Originally Posted by testerz123456
    Hi there,
    I'm 25 years old, have been diabetic (type 1) for about 6 years. I'm running out of money and I'm wondering, if I eat a low carb diet, how long I can go w/o insulin for? Will I die? I spent 2 of those 6 years doing little but heroin (diabetic needles made it convenient), so I didn't use to eat much.
    I don't have money for a doctor or for the good insulin (RX + $100 vial of lantis, humlog, etc).
    Any advice? I just realized my profile says diagnosed in 2009, but I can't change it for some reason.

  3. Shanny

    A type 1 will die without insulin. Even eating low-carb doesn't help if your pancreas makes no insulin at all, and even if it makes a little bit, it isn't enough for your body's needs.
    But insulin can be purchased at Walmart for lots less money. It isn't the prescription brands like Lantus & Humalog, etc. but you could get by I think. There are others here with so much more experience who can explain what it is and how it's used. I'm sure they'll check in soon. Stand by, okay, tester?

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Gluten-free Diet Could Be Linked To Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Suggests

A gluten-free diet has been on the rise as a purportedly healthier way to eat — but research out of Harvard University in the United States suggests it could instead be linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes. While people with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance avoid gluten as a matter of medical necessity, people without those disorders have also turned to a gluten-free diet as a lifestyle choice. But research presented to an American Heart Association conference overnight suggests those people could be doing harm to their health by entirely cutting out foods like bread, cereals and pasta. The study saw researchers estimate the daily gluten intake of over 200,000 participants in different long-term health studies which spanned more than 30 years. Over time, the 20 per cent of participants who ate the highest daily amount of gluten were found to have a 13 per cent lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who ate the least amount of gluten. Geng Zong from Harvard University's Department of Nutrition said the results suggested eating foods with gluten could lower people's risk of type 2 diabetes. "Gluten-free foods often have less dietary fibre and other Continue reading >>

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  1. Proud Army Mom

    Chinese Food

    I try to stay away from it, but it's definitely my Kryptonite. Aside from the obvious (rice, noodles, wontons) - what do you avoid and more importantly, what foods do you find minimally impact your blood sugar when eating chinese (either take-out or in the restaurant)…?
    thanks!

  2. Type1Lou

    Another alternative would be to make your own stir-fry with lean meat and veggies …a dash of soy sauce and forgo the rice or noodles on your plate.

  3. Proud Army Mom

    Thank you all for your replies - I agree that sometimes you have to indulge a little, and I want to make the choices as intelligently as possible. Thanks as always for the support! :)

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