Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Update during winter break and more fun literature

It's been a long time, sorry about that everyone! My fall quarter at the University of Cincinnati is finally over! I now have time to write again :) My grain-free, dairy-free, and legume-free diet (paleo diet) is working very well still and my blood sugars are great. Today my sugars were 80mg/dL and 84. I'm still not injecting insulin.

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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