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!
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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!
Monday, August 17, 2009
What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the own body's immune system attacks the cells of the pancreas that create the hormone insulin. Without the hormone insulin, bodily cells cannot take up the sugar in blood from food and results in high blood sugar. To correct the high blood sugars, type 1 diabetics inject insulin and count carbohydrates to adequately maintain normal blood sugar. Insulin therapy is not a cure nor does it treat the initial cause of the disease.
The initial cause of autoimmune type 1 diabetes is not fully understood, but it is believed to be influenced by genetics and the environment. Studies show early consumption of cow's milk and certain cereal grain have been linked to a greater likelihood of developing the disease, as well as certain viruses. Type 1 diabetes is mainly found in developed countries and is related to other autoimmune diseases such as Celiac disease (a wheat gluten intolerance) and hypothyroidism.
As a type 1 diabetic, why do I eat a grain-free, dairy-free, and legume-free diet (paleo diet)?
I choose the paleo diet because it is known for treating autoimmune diseases and because of the many studies that indicate that type 1 diabetes is caused by environmental triggers so I figured that certain dietary antigens could play a role, such as the case of Celiac disease. I stayed on the paleo diet because my insulin needs kept dropping and dropping and because my bloating and constant hunger went away.
The Paleo diet is based upon eating foods that humans evolved to eat from the Paleolithic era (2,500,000 years ago) up to the advent of agriculture (10,000 years ago). The diet includes:
- Lean meats
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Hi, I'm Michelle from Cincinnati, Ohio. I'm a Spanish major graduating in 2010. Nutrition, health, and science have always interested me. I like traveling, reading and listening to music.
On May 16, 2008 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 20. I had all the classic symptoms of thirst and weight loss, tested positive for all the autoantibodies and had an AlC of 14%.
On January 8, 2009 I eliminated grain, dairy, and legumes from my diet and the results have been remarkable. Only after a few weeks my insulin needs dropped dramatically and after six months on the diet I quit taking insulin altogether.
I am writing this blog because I want other type 1 diabetics to know about the benefits of the diet. It's helped me and I believe it could help others. I will be posting about my progress on the diet, lab results (such as AlC's, autoantibodies, C-peptide), research studies and articles about type 1 diabetes, and recipes.
Feel free to leave comments and questions or reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org