Dealing with a serious health condition is complex, as people with celiac disease know, but there’s usually some kind of compromise or solution. Diabetes is definitely one of America’s most urgent and wide spread of these issues. Though the politics of diabetes are controversial, there’s hardly any room for debate about the direct correlation between unhealthy diets and diabetes. Certainly heredity plays a significant factor, but it’s not an end-all-be-all fate.
The direness of diabetes hasn’t always been an epidemic in America. Just over the last ten years diabetes in teens age 12 to 19 have rapidly increased, which is unfortunate for many reasons, but also because symptoms are more difficult to treat in children.
Based on Americans’ overconsumption of processed ingredients and fast foods over the last decade, it’s no wonder there’s been an influx of diabetes and harshness of diabetic symptoms. Researches and experts have been trying to find ways to alleviate diabetic symptoms and they may have found a new prospect, a gluten-free diet.
So what do diabetes and a gluten-free diet have in common? Researchers are finding conclusive evidence that a gluten-free diet without dairy might be a positive aspect for diabetic symptoms.
According to The New York Times, 1 out of every 4 adolescents has either diabetes or pre-diabetes, which is not juvenile diabetes, but the full-blown Type 2 Diabetes. Experts propose that approximately 10% of people with Type 1 Diabetes also have celiac disease. Specialists also infer that roughly 15% of people in America have some form of gluten intolerance.
A certain study, in particular, compared Type 2 diabetics on a the pre-historic man Paleo diet (consisting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seafood and lean meats instead of dairy, grains, and salt) versus the Mediterranean diet, which consists of practically the same foods except it tolerates unrefined grains and a little bit of dairy.
The results of the experiment indicated only a sliver of improvements in regards to diabetic symptoms for the Mediterranean patients, however, the analysis with the Paleo patients demonstrated a positive turn around in diabetic symptoms.
When focusing on carbohydrate consumption, the Mediterranean-tested group displayed a 7% lower rise in glucose and the Paleo-tested group experienced a 26% decrease in glucose, which ultimately gave them a normal glucose level by the end of the experiment.
Unfortunately, this is all of the information out on the subject right now and it’s a bit muddy in regards to specific details.
I’m sure you’re thinking that these statistics and studies don’t really prove a lot or are of any good service to the gluten-free community. It’s true, to some degree. A few observations testing a few different variables doesn’t necessarily prove that a gluten-free diet is going to radically enhance diabetic side effects or bring much convenience to celiacs. Nevertheless, the fact that doctors, researchers and a portion of the medical community are implementing gluten-free practices into their studies does imply a culture that is slightly more aware of celiac disease and gluten-free necessities, which could lead to advancements down the road.