Gluten-Free Diet Benefits Unproven for Diabetes Patients

A gluten-free diet has been demonstrated to be helpful for people that have celiac disease. However, it remains undetermined as to whether people that have Type 1 diabetes can benefit.


A recent study has indicated that there is a connection between Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. This is because both of these disease are the result of the body attacking its own immune system. For people that have diabetes, the immune system of the body starts attacking the beta cells in the pancreas so that they are unable to produce insulin. For people have have celiac disease, the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine so that they can no longer digest products made from wheat.


The experts have not decided whether gluten-free diets are good for Type 1 diabetes patients because of the significant difference between the two diseases. This recent study was published to the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism and was done by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The researchers looked at patients that have both Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease and determined that the diet was not able to help them gain better glycemic control.


Many foods that are gluten-free rank highly on the glycemic index. This means that these foods are likely to cause spikes in blood sugar for diabetes patients.


People with celiac disease are not able to eat foods that have wheat, semolina, matzo, farina, wheat germ, couscous, rye, farina and spelt. They are also unable to take certain medications.


The researchers say that there is more research to be done in order to determine conclusively if a gluten-free diet is actually beneficial for Type 1 diabetes patients.

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