Hi, all! I'm new here. I was diagnosed with T2 seven weeks ago. I had a fasting blood sugar of 450 and A1C of 14 and many symptoms of neuropathy. My doctor held off on meds until after I went to see an endocrinologist.
While awaiting a referral to an endocrinologist, I started testing four times a day. I saw that wheat products were causing large spikes. I started eliminating these things. After three weeks I gave up all wheat products and continued to eat low carb. In seven weeks I've lost nearly 20 pounds, many inches, and my blood sugar is testing between 96 and 110 this week. I'm scheduled to redo the A1C in May. My doctor had me cancel my endocrinologist appointment. I haven't felt this good in years. Most of my symptoms have abated.
Has anyone else had experience with going wheat-free?
Hi, Kim. No, not a lot of fruit. Never really did. I carefully monitored what I was eating. An apple or a banana did raise my levels to a degree (about 20 points), but not to the degree that my tortilla wrap was or a small bread roll (about 50+). I can have a piece of dark chocolate without effect.
I do realize that T2 and T1 are very different.
I also do low carb but little by little decided that wheat was my big problem. I gave it up about 2 years ago and haven't looked back. I am still able to bake with alternative flours but anytime I have any type of bread, cracker or breading I spike like crazy for days. Have you read Dr William Davis's Wheat Belly book. He also has a blog which is really good. He is a cardiologist who believes lots of diseases especially heart disease is caused by wheat.
Hi, Jeannie. That's right. The wheat not only messed up my blood sugar for that day but it also messed it up for the next. I found that really odd because a banana only raised it for a couple of hours.
Yes, I've read his book. It validated what I was already personally discovering about my sugar levels. I've been using alternative flours also. My girlfriend makes me almond flour in her Vitamix at less than half the cost of buying it in the store.
I think there are many of us who find that wheat is a source of problems. Yes, it could just be that the carbs from wheat drive up your blood sugar. But it could be a bigger problem. As BadMoon pointed out, there is a lot of thinking now that wheat (as opposed to other grains) can have a huge negative impact on our health and glycemic control.
But do heed Trudy's advice. If you have Celiac's or have a gluten intolerance, these things can also drive your blood sugar way up. And although your regular doctor may consider you "cured," you are more likely "controlled." Whatever was wrong causing you to have high blood sugars is still wrong. It would actually be best to get a referral to the appropriate specialists, like an endo, and actually figure out what is going on. There are tests for Celiacs and there are also tests for diabetes (like the glucose tolerance test) which can go a long way towards diagnosing your actual condition.
I just read that 70% of people with wheat sensitivities do not show the normal digestive issues and don't even know they have it. I'm guessing I'm probably in that number.
You have done a great job! Continue eating to your meter. I think some people are just more sensitive to certain foods. And you really might want to make sure you don't have celiacs. It can have a whole mess of complications so you want to rule it out.
Thanks, Whirlygig. I've lost a total of 18 pounds in the last 7 weeks and haven't felt this well in a long, long time. I did have my eyes checked out yesterday and I do not have any diabetic complications. Dodged that bullet. I will ask my doctor about the Celiac test.
I just read an article in a magazine at work specifically about "wheat" having adverse effects on blood sugar. Not because wheat products are a carb generally, but the composition of wheat has changed over the years so that ppl could mass produce it and the final product is something that somehow causes quick spikes in blood sugar. I will see if I can locate the magazine to send you the link. It was interesting...
After I noticed the problem while testing for the first two weeks, I did read the "Wheat Belly" book and also some references to wheat in other places.
Happy for your success! Quite an amazing improvement & how wonderful to feel better.
I found that wheat sent me soaring higher & faster than other grains with the same amount of carbs & fiber. Lesson learned. Been low carb for going on four years & I don't eat any grains. Interesting what you noticed about wheat having a long term effect the following day. Don't believe I experienced that, or I may not have made the connection.
Thanks, Gerri! Did you find a marked improvement in your numbers after removing the grains?
I hit a milestone (for me) this morning with a fasting blood sugar reading of 99. That's the first under-100 I've had in the morning.
Yay, for the happy fasting! I saw improvement without grains. We've been lead to believe that grains are essential. They're not. Then there's all the grain marketing about fiber. Vegetables have much more fiber than grains.
1 avocado 17.1 grams carbs, 13.5 grams fiber
2 slices whole wheat bread 23 grams carbs, 3.8 grams fiber
1 cup steel cut oats 55.4 grams carbs, 3.8 grams fiber