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Balancing a Diet with Celiac Disease & Type 2 Diabetes

Choosing the foods that are right for you.

Question:

Hello,

My name is Becky and I have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.  I’m having trouble finding the right balance in foods.  Most gluten-free (GF) foods are processed, which can make my blood sugar a bit high.  Even though I do great with eating GF, I’m struggling to keep my blood sugar levels low and I often feel tired.  Any suggestions on how I can balance both worlds and feel better?

Thanks so much!!

Becky L.
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Expert Practitioner Answers:

Liz Schau’s Answer:

Fats naturally balance blood sugar. So when you are eating a carbohydrate-rich gluten-free food, be sure to add a fat to stabilize your blood sugar. For example: butter on bread, tuna salad with crackers, guacamole with tortilla chips, olive spread and cheese on pizza dough. Avoid trans fats but emphasize organic animal fats and plant fats.

Liz Schau, CHHC

Liz Schau Holistic Health
1003 West Craig Place
(941) 932-5644
LizSchau@gmail.com

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Dr. Aaron Root’s Answer:

A specific, individualized strategy for you will probably give you better results.  It looks like there’s an autoimmune situation brewing, which means that a strategy to both improve your immune regulation and limit inflammatory triggers will be necessary, at least for a few months.  Since you seem to notice problems in spite of GF diet, I would suggest limiting/avoiding grains and starches for a few weeks, at least.  A “paleo” type of dietary guideline should be helpful, without feeling deprived.
In many individuals who don’t respond to a basic GF diet, there are cross-reactive foods/grains and/or non-wheat grain proteins that can cause these immune challenges.  You might be a good candidate for identifying such anomalies, so a more specific, accurate, and individualized strategy can be designed.  Cyrex Labs does these panels, and it might be helpful if you would have a look at their information. If you’re interested, you can get in touch with me to set up the testing.

Dr. Aaron Root,

Aaron Root, DC, DACNB, Dipl.Ac, FACFN
Diplomate, American Chiropractic Neurology Board
Diplomate, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
Fellow, American College of Functional Neurology

11120 Wurzbach Road
(210) 690-1333

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