How to Manage Gluten-Free Diabetes Diets ?

Here are tips jotted down after researching and studying statistics to help one manage both issues together:

1.    If you are diagnosed with coeliac disease you might experience significant changes in your blood sugar levels in beginning. See, coeliac disease is known to affect the small intestine by damaging the inner lining. coeliac disease doesn’t allow the body to absorb certain food items. Now to heal the intestine when you go all gluten-free your intestine heals and absorbs the nutrients. This is a sign of improvement but this will also fluctuate the blood sugar level in the body. The reason behind fluctuating blood sugar levels is the sugar you intake will wind up in your bloodstream. These sudden changes will get better with time but one has to be prepared for this change and constantly monitor your blood sugar levels.

2.    Gluten-free food has a different ratio of carbohydrate and fat when compared to gluten-food items. And you to be prepared for the way your body will react to this specific change. There is no universal output for the body's reaction it depends on the digestive system of a person. Gluten-free goods are known to be higher in carbs and sugar because the manufacturer increases sugar content to make up for the no gluten part. So to avoid this go and look for gluten-free food that is low in carbs. I know the grocery list is getting narrower but it is better to sort this in the beginning than to end up in the ER. Certain gluten-free flour is almond flour or bean flour.

3.    Getting to a diet chart that controls the blood sugar level and doesn't harm the intestine is serious rocket science research, hands down. Now let's understand the reason behind the sudden change in blood sugar levels when one goes gluten-free is because you absorb more calories. And when the calorie intake increases, one gains weight, and the cholesterol level also increases. Slowly when you get to a balanced diet you can maintain the weight, blood sugar levels, cholesterol level, and all these without damaging the intestine.

4.    Make sure that your diet chart has an abundance of fiber. When you go all gluten-free by getting all the no-gluten products you might observe that they have low fiber in them. Although manufacturers are trying to increase the whole grains in gluten-free products they increase the carbohydrate and proteins levels, not the fiber. So make sure that while your diet is filled with the gluten-free product it must have enough fiber to maintain the health of your body. Try to include whole foods which are high in fiber and low in gluten.

5.    Always carry a gluten-free snack for the worst-case scenario. You can't avoid travel because you suffer from diabetes and are intolerant to gluten. I know you will have trouble picking up the snack because most food items are knocked off your list. It is easier to find gluten-free food these days at restaurants and grocery stores, gluten hasn't been so popular that you can find it anywhere. So no matter where you are always carrying a gluten-free snack in your bag or car, irrespective of the fact that you're traveling or not. And the worst-case scenario that we are talking about here is when your blood sugar drops and your intestine isn't made to absorb the gluten food. When the blood sugar drops there are high chances you might end up taking a gluten food so always carry a snack or an energy bar that is gluten-free in such scenarios.

You can add gluten-free diabetic bread to your diet, sourdough bread is the preferred choice for people who have both diabetes and coeliac disease. And consult a dietician or nutritionist who is an expert and can understand your disease and provide you with a balanced diet chart that has the right amount of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, and fiber content. It is essential for one with such diseases to consult the experts as they know the best option for their patients. One cannot do all the research and plan a diet chart on their own, having a nutritionist will help you understand your body needs in a better way. 
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