Diabetes and Celiac: how my high hopes led to diet "nopes"

2014-06-02 11:29

Tina Piaquadio, who has Type 1 Diabetes, shares what happened when she learned about her Celiac Disease and how she improved her Celiac skills.

I was very hopeful as I entered my new doctor’s office and sat across from her at her desk. She had just completed a full exam on me, looked over my lab results, and was ready for discussion. It took several months to get an appointment with this highly recommended diabetes specialist, but I patiently waited because her reputation preceded her. I’m a type 1 diabetic, and my blood sugar levels had been dangerously high and low lately without reason, which was making my day to day life very difficult. Even more of a struggle was the fact that I had been severely fatigued, wasting away my days off lying on the couch and draining myself of every last bit of energy just to get through the work day. Add the emotional strain that goes along with all of this, and you can imagine I was desperate for help.

I was convinced that it was my age. I had been a diabetic since my teens and now I was approaching 40. Time had taken its toll, I thought. This is what happens to a diabetic body as it gets older. The future was glum. This doctor was my last hope. Could she figure out why my sugar levels were out of control? Could she guide me in the prevention of becoming disabled by this awful disease as my years progressed? I expected her to make drastic changes to my insulin pump settings and my medication regimen. Surprisingly, she wasn’t interested in doing this just yet.

“Haven’t you been screened for Celiac disease?” she asked.
“No…what’s Celiac disease?” I replied.

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Congratulations on your recovery. I'm glad that you're feeling great! I also think it's generally beneficial for people with Type 1 to consider going gluten free for the reasons of lessening high carbohydrate intake. There really is a lot of benefits to cutting gluten out of your diet for a diabetic.