Diabetes and Gluten Intolerance

Diabetes and Gluten Intolerance

Are you one of those individuals who can’t get your blood sugars stable no matter how hard you try? Do you have a number of other diagnoses adding on to your already long list?

Avoidance of gluten has been to shown to help many with gluten sensitivity and diabetes improve their blood glucose numbers. But why?

There is a correlation between your immune system and your body’s ability to handle every food you eat. If the food you are eating is causing your immune system to be in constant upset, then the way your body manages blood glucose will also be affected.

How do you know you have a sensitivity to gluten?

Testing is the only way. There are 7+ tests to be performed. These tests are specialized and beyond a typical physician’s scope of practice or typical lab’s protocol list. It is usually necessary to find a gluten specialist with their own lab. Testing is covered by some insurance companies and some physicians charge about $400 for the panel.

Discussions about the immune system of Type I Diabetics have been prevalent for some years now. Only in more recent times has the discussion become more common in dealing with Type II Diabetics.

Quite simply, it is very common for Type II Diabetics to concurrently have autoimmune disorders and many times, when these disorders are addressed by changing the diet, blood glucose values improve. Typical diabetic meal plans probably haven't resulted in improved blood glucose values. This has been seen often in those with Gluten Sensitivity, Gluten Intolerance and Celiac. In these individuals, blood glucose improvements were seen only after a gluten-free diet was followed. Sometimes, the improved blood glucose values could be seen in as little as a couple of weeks, sometimes, it took months.

As physicians, dietitians and patients become more knowledgeable about gluten and how it affects some individuals, it has become clear that for those who are gluten sensitive/intolerant, blood glucose values may be much improved by avoiding all forms of gluten.

How can drinking Blasts help?

Well, enjoying a variety of healthy vegetables and fruits along with wonderful vegetable proteins can create an optimal blend of gluten-free nutrition each day. Blasts can actually help you heal some of the damage that has been done to the gut by replacing vital nutrients that were not absorbed properly in the past.

If you are one of the many who have any of these serious health issues, I encourage you to find a gluten specialist and get the panel of tests performed. If you choose to go gluten-free without testing, find a Dietitian who knows Gluten and Diabetes to assist you as you transition to your new eating style.

If you are gluten sensitive, this might be the greatest and most valuable journey you have ever explored. Enjoy your Blast, great blood glucose values and fantastic health!

Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

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