Celiac disease and diabetes: changes to diet
Before my diagnosis I had thought that diabetics couldn't have any sugar and had to inject themselves daily, and that was it.
I soon found out that things were a little more complex than that. Having both celiac disease and diabetes meant some radical changes of lifestyle were necessary.
It isn't just sugar that can send blood sugar levels rocketing - all forms of carbohydrates (carbs) have an effect on them. Nothing is actually forbidden to a diabetic, as it is on a gluten free diet. However, it is advisable to learn what your own body reacts to, and limit foods that have an adverse reaction.
For example, rice is now off my menu, as is gluten free pasta, whereas other celiac diabetics may find they can tolerate small amounts.
Some fruits are fine, such as strawberries, whereas others like bananas, watermelon and pears I have to avoid in order to keep my readings on track.
My starting point was to go search the web to find out what was now safe for me to eat. I was sadly disappointed to find very little advice for someone with both conditions. So it was down to me to test, test and test some more, before and after each meal to see what affected me. I kept intensive records of everything I ate and gradually invented new low-carb gluten-free recipes and menus, that kept my blood sugars in check while sticking to the gluten free diet.