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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Gluten free diet gives type 1 diabetics an improvement in quality of life, better blood sugar control, disappearance of diarrhea and an increase in the uptake of iron

This study was published in Przeglad Lekarski 2009;66(4):170-5

Study title and authors:
The role of celiac disease and type 1 diabetes coexistance. Is celiac disease responsible for diabetic status?
Galicka-Latała D, Zwolińska-Wcisło M, Sosin-Rudnicka L, Rozpondek P.
Katedra i Klinika Chorób Metabolicznych, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Collegium Medicum, Kraków.

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine in genetically predisposed people.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the frequency of coexistence of celiac disease with type 1 diabetes. The study included 109 patients, aged 18-52, with type 1 diabetes.

The study found:
(a) The frequency of the incidence of celiac disease in type 1 diabetics was nearly 1 in 10. The rate of type 1 diabetics in the general population is only 1 in 800.
(b) Type 1 diabetic patients suffer from diarrhea, abdominal pain, high blood sugar and problems with blood sugar control.
(c) The introduction of a gluten free diet led to improvement in quality of life, better blood sugar control, disappearance of diarrhea and an increase in the uptake of iron.

This study shows that the gluten free diet led to health improvements in celiac patients with type 1 diabetes.

A question you may ask is; "why does gluten have adverse health effects."

Most animals, including our closest relative (the chimpanzee) aren’t adapted to eating cereal grains and humans have only been eating them for around 10,000 years.

Unlike animals, plants such as cereal grains can’t run away from predators, so they make themselves toxic to animals so as to protect themselves from been eaten. The cereals wheat, barley and rye contain the protein gluten which is toxic to higher or lesser degrees in up to 80% of the population. Gluten can damage the lining of the intestines and make it leaky, and a leaky gut is a major precursor to developing diabetes.

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