Understanding Diabetes and Food Allergies
Having an allergy to a certain food can be rather frustrating when it is something that you love to eat. Of course other allergies, such as hay fever, are not exactly a picnic either. However, when you have an allergy attack from a food allergy and you are diabetic it brings on further complications with both conditions. When you have an allergy attack it can prevent your medications from working correctly, cause inflammation and contribute to insulin resistance as well. The insulin resistance occurs as the body swells up and edema is present. An allergic reaction to food can cause the body to swell up like a balloon if you’re not careful and trigger a spiral effect.
Some of the most common foods that are in the allergy category are dairy, wheat and corn products. Saturated fats are a big cause of inflammation as they trigger the immune cells to produce a protein called interleukin-1 which is an inflammatory and results in insulin resistance. It also affects other tissues and organs within the body.
One of the biggest concerns in the combination of food allergies and diabetes are the auto-immune reactions. It has been seen in patients that are type 1 diabetic that there is a strong possibility that there could be an allergic reaction to their very own cells in the pancreas. In a study that was done with cow’s milk I Australia, the milk was found to be connected in the development of type 1 diabetes. There is a protein in the milk that actually limits the production of insulin by going to war with the cells that produce it and stopping it dead in its tracks.
For someone that may have other types of allergies and they find that certain foods seem to affect them in a negative way, getting tested for food allergies may be the answer. Of course if you find that there are many different foods which affect you in a negative way you should check the ingredients that it contains. If you find that they all have something in common such as a dairy or wheat ingredient, it could be a key to what you need to avoid when eating. Yes if you can manage to control what you eat and avoid the foods that cause you concern it can be easier to manage your diabetes and help to prevent insulin resistance, even if you are taking insulin for your diabetes. Food allergies cause the inflammation that disrupts the life within the body.
It is possible for someone that does not have diabetes by food allergies to actually develop diabetes due to the allergy. This may seem farfetched to some but when you consider that certain foods have the ability to interfere with the production of insulin and can also have an adverse reaction to medications, the idea of diabetes does not seem as though it is far off. Working with your doctor can help you to stay on the right track with the foods that you eat.
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