Have you ever heard about celiac disease?
Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.
According to JDRF, 10% of people living with Type 1 Diabetes also suffer celiac disease! So! this is an extra challenge if we talk about diet! But many countries already are adopting this new type of lifestyle offering large options about food!
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and some other grains that somehow affect the small system due to an autoimmune disease! People can suffer symptoms like stomach ache, null or bad absorption of nutrients, brain fog, anemia, lactose intolerance, infertility and miscarriage, early osteoporosis, and neurological manifestations.
One thing you have to pay attention to if you are living with diabetes and celiac disease is the number of carbs in food! Some processed gluten-free products are high in sugar and fat!
Many T1D can get confused with symptoms so! It is very important to tell your doctor if you are living with constant stomach discomfort!
Some tips and pieces of advice for people living with diabetes and gñuten free:
-Choose non processed foods
-Real nutritional information in every food
-Pay attention to any stomach pain
-Get your blood tested regularly to check your vitamin D, thyroxin and iron levels are on range
-If you have a kid living with type 1 diabetes, try to avoid gluten on their diet to reduce the risk of developing this autoimmune disease