Monday, April 19, 2010
Sorry everyone for the lack of blogging, but this is probably my last one.
I'm back on insulin and I quit the paleo diet.
My sugars started increasing to the 140s-150s in March and I went back on insulin. The diet really wasn't helping. However, I stayed on the paleo diet for a few days but I couldn't take it anymore and started having dairy, grains, and legumes again.
My opinion is that the diet is too restrictive and is very difficult to follow (100%). You almost have to be obsessed with the food that goes in your mouth. I am very happy to have the freedom of my food choices.
I think the diet did something to my body, probably just put me in a honeymoon phase somehow.
Right now I take 10 units lantus and my I:C ratio is 1:20. I'm seeing my endocrinologist tomorrow. I'm eating much more carbs now, about 150g/day. It's been almost 2 years since I've been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Insulin therapy is honestly not that bad, for me the most horrible part about diabetes is knowing that one day I will most likely suffer from the complications of nerve damage, eye damage, heart damage, kidney damage, etc.
After following the crazy yet logical paleo diet, I still believe diet may be one of the many factors involved in TID. I think I've got it in my genes, my paternal grandfather, his sister, and my maternal great great (great?) grandmother were all type 1 diabetics.
Take care everyone, apologies for getting everyone's hopes up and lack of correspondence. On the bright side, I'm graduating this June with my BA in Spanish :) And my sugars are still pretty well under control.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I got my labs done in December to share finally. I've been on the paleo diet for one year now and off insulin for six months. The diet is still working great with great blood sugars AS LONG AS I keep my carbs under about 90g/day. I can't eat a limitless amount of carbs. 60g or more of carb/meal will make my aftermeal sugar about 140.
My December A1C is 5.6. It's higher than I would prefer but I think the increase might be due to my dairy incident. I ate cheese for a total of two weeks and made my blood sugar increase for about a month like I said in my previous post. I went to my endo in Dec. and got some lab results about two pancreatic autoantibodies, insulin autoantibodies and GAD autoantibodies, which are still there.
Insulin Ab (U/ml) : Result 22.2 Reference Range 0.0-0.4
Glutam Acid Decarboxylase Ab (IU/ml): Result >250.0 Reference Range 0.0-5.0
I checked my islet cell autoantibodes a month after going paleo in February 2009 and those actually went away. When I was diagnosed my Islet Cell IgG Ab was slightly elevated at 1-8.
Islet Cell IgG Ab (in Feb.09) Result <1-4>Reference Range <1-4>
Knowing that I still have autoantibodies attacking my pancreas is quite disappointing. I thought theoretically by eliminating possible dietary triggers (grain, dairy, and legumes) and not needing insulin injections anymore, my body would stop the autoimmune attack (stop producing autoantibodies or decrease them). It really makes me question if the diet is going to keep on working.
There is one more dietary modulation that I could do to see if it helps. According to the Paleo diet, they suggest people with autoimmune diseases, like with Multiple Sclerosis, to avoid eggs and nightshades (tomatoes and peppers). I tried it once for a week and didn’t notice any difference in my blood sugar so I kept them in my diet. I am going to eliminate eggs and nightshades for 3 months and see if that effects my autoantibodies. Here’s a page about dietary treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, another autoimmune disease. http://paleodiet.com/ms/
In three months I am checking ALL pancreatic autoantibodies. Also my C-Peptide is on the very low side of normal. C-Peptide measures if a person can produce insulin.
C-Peptide Results 0.8ng/ml Reference Range 0.8-3.5ng/ml
When I was diagnosed my C-peptide was low at 0.3 so it’s an improvement and I can produce my own insulin but it’s definitely on the lowest side! To me it says many beta cells are still dead or challenged. I am consuming only around 75-90g of carb per day. The past 5 months I have not regularly exercised. We'll see what happens with time and I will always keep watch on my blood sugar and make sure I am getting adequate nutrients.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Last month I found out that I can make my diabetes reappear if I add some dairy to my diet (while still eliminating grain and legumes). A couple of days later I had high blood sugar readings of 120-150, the highest ever since going paleo. I quit the dairy and my sugars are back to normal again (70-115).
This makes me truly believe that I have food sensitivities to dairy and as well as grain and legumes which are triggering my autoimmune type 1 diabetes. This week I see my endocrinologist for a new A1C and C-peptide test.
The textbook, Nutrition and Immunology: Principles and Practice, has chapter 26 entitled “Nutritional Modulation of Autoimmune Diseases” which is about dietary triggers and their role in autoimmune diseases. Most of the entire chapter is free on books.google.com.
The text states,“First, food-related antigens might induce hypersensitivity responses leading to autoimmune-related symptoms. Second, nutritional factors might alter inflammatory and immune responses and consequently modulate the course of selected autoimmune diseases (316)." Type 1 diabetes is a delayed hypersensitivity response/reaction. The chapter also explains how food antigens may upset the immune system. “For a response to food to be linked plausibly to a hypersensitivity reaction, food antigens would have to cross the gastrointestinal barrier and circulate in antigenic form until recognized by...cells in the immune system. Although large molecules with antigenic proprieties are known to have very limited access to the circulation, some food antigens do cross the gastrointestinal barrier and circulate not only as food antigens but also as immune complexes." The chapter also talks about future use of dietary therapy to help treat autoimmune diseases. Type 1 diabetes is also discussed in chapter 25, but has a much limited preview on google books. It does have a good picture showing possible food antigens...until next time!
Click on "books" in blue to see full preview.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
As an update, I've been off insulin injections for four months now! My blood sugars are still in the normal range of 70-120md/dL. Today my sugars were 83 and 72 (before meals). I have been on the paleo diet for over nine and a half months. The newsletter, "The Paleo Diet Update," did an excellent report about my type 1 diabetes and the paleo diet which may help explain as to why the diet is helping. For a free subscription to the newsletter, go to http://www.thepaleodiet.com/newsletter. This specific newsletter came from v5, #35 - "Type 1 Diabetes and the Paleo Diet."
Type 1 Diabetes and the Paleo Diet by Pedro Bastos
We believe that the autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes (T1D) may be preventable through diet if caught early enough. This seems reasonable because it typically takes some time for the complete destruction of beta cells, which make and release the hormone insulin that controls the level of glucose in the blood.
"I'm a type 1 diabetic and have been on the Paleo Diet for 7 months. After weeks of going Paleo, my insulin needs dropped dramatically, and after 6 months, I quit taking insulin altogether!
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
As a type 1 diabetic, I've been 3 months off of insulin and almost 9 months of going grain-free, dairy-free, and legume-free (paleo). Blood sugars have all been good. I just started my senior year of college!
I found a bread recipe on the blog The SCD girl and her kid. It's a grain free, dairy free, paleo and low carb recipe. I turned it more into a cake by adding some stevia and coconut oil frosting (not pictured). It's very easy to make and is very filling!For the recipe click here: http://scdgirl.blogspot.com/2009/09/kariannes-bread.html
Here's how mine turned out. I can't wait to make it again!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
A few weeks ago I saw my endocrinologist for my type 1 diabetes and she happily knows that I'm not using insulin and she does not want me to go on any medication. I still do blood sugar tests about 4 times a day.
So far I've been grain-free, dairy-free and legume-free for 8 months and it's going great. Considering I used to be a vegetarian, I really enjoy eating meat and fish, along with veggies, big salads, fruits, nuts, and eggs! For a dairy alternative I use almond milk or coconut milk.
As for the A1C, it's lower than what I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be in the upper fives not middle fives! My sugars have been really good still (70-120mg/dL) and the next A1C will be in December. I appreciate all the comments, questions, and emails!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I have had no hyperglycemia nor hypoglycemia since taking no insulin. My lowest reading was 68mg/dL and highest was 126mg/dL. My fasting blood sugars range from 70-100mg/dL. My after meal blood sugars are usually around 100mg/dL. Unlike when I was on insulin injections, I now have no fear of falling into a coma due to hypoglycemia nor do I have to make mathematical calculations or stick a needle in me whenever I eat (ouch!).
I feel treating my type 1 diabetes with the paleo diet is far superior than injecting drugs in myself because the paleo diet takes away dietary triggers that may play a role in the autoimmune disease process. Secondly, I would rather not take drugs just so that I could eat food that I couldn't properly digest anyway and most likely cause me another autoimmune disease!
Here's an article about a recent study linking type 1 diabetes to wheat.
For the actual study and commentaries:
So far I've been paleo (grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free) for almost 8 months. Next blog will have a new A1C. Thanks for reading!