Celiac and Diabetes

Well, since Celiac Disease (Gluten Allergy) is such a prevelant disease with diabetes, I figured we needed to have a group for it. Let this be a group for questions and suggestions.

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Comment by Trudy on November 4, 2012 at 4:06am

PS. Well, some French Fries, not all, have wheat! Gravies and sauces are usually thickened with wheat flour; at home, arrowroot flour works well. Most health food stores are a good source for foods you can use.

Comment by Trudy on November 4, 2012 at 4:00am

Hi Heather. I'm sorry that your little one has these allergy problems, but the good news is that you caught it early. I'd suggest the magazine Living Without for really good advice and recipes; their website is

I'd also avoid rye and buy only oats that are labeled "Gluten-free", such as Bob's Red Mill sells.

One problem that just recently cropped up, which you have probably heard about, is arsenic in all rice. The article in Consumer's Report magazine goes into detail. I would avoid all rice, rice flour, products with rice-syrup for sweetener on the label, until such time as the FDA puts limits on the amount of arsenic acceptable.

My suggestion for cereals for your little one is Cream of Buckwheat, gf oats and quinoa. f you bake, many of the gf cooking/baking websites are giving recipes containing almond flour/meal and coconut; sorghum is a favorite of mine. This elimination of rice has made baking edible foods difficult. However, wheat is much higher in carbs than almond meal and coconut.

Also beware of everything in a restaurant; wheat is in so many places you wouldn't suspect, such as French Fries. Of course that does leave vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, poultry, etc. Best of luck to you!

Comment by Heather-E on November 3, 2012 at 5:57pm

Hey everyone, I have not tested positive for Celiac Disease but my 9 1/2 month old was just diagnosed with wheat and barley allergies so our house is going wheat/barley free. I am hoping some of you may be able to offer some tips or advice on how the GF products might affect my BS differently (I am type 1 on pump) and hopefully you can recommend some good products or recipes that I can try that are better choices for me as someone with diabetes. (I live in Canada so products I can get here would be extra helpful lol). Thanks all :)

Comment by Judith Lawrence on July 18, 2012 at 2:31am

In regards to cereal and diabetes...some celiacs have trouble with all grains and their diets need to be even more limited. I also cannot do cereal in the morning or I'm slumped over all day with really high numbers but I can eat a small bowl in the evening with no effect. As a matter of fact...I have pretty much eliminated ceral atlogether...same with bread. I do occassionally make gf pizza but still shopping around for the best one.

Comment by Judith Lawrence on May 2, 2012 at 10:05pm

I'm no expert and just learning about Celiac although I've been sick for yrs. But as I get better at the whole GF diabetes numbers are excellent. Doesn't even look like I have diabetes anymore if you look at my numbers! My Celiac symptoms were so bad that the peripheral neuropathy in my head and numbness in arms and legs were out of this world. I have slight symptoms late at night...weird I know..but other than that, things are much improved. Gluten Free is doable, don't lose hope. Just embrace it.

Comment by Charlie on March 15, 2012 at 5:18pm

That was grow pecans every year.

Comment by Charlie on March 15, 2012 at 5:15pm

Comment by Charlie on March 15, 2012 at 5:14pm

Laura, I eat most any of the G.M. g/f cereals every day. I
use a 1/2 cup portion with a good portion of fruit and a portion of the pecans I good every year. I eat around 0730 & add 1 boiled to the meal. I enter 80 carbs to my bg reading. After that I walk and am usually around 200bg at 10:00 or 10:30. I enter the reading but if I take most any bolus I will drop to 50 or 60 by lunch time.

Comment by Kimb on March 15, 2012 at 4:03pm

Don't know for sure about the cereal. I do know when I was pregnant my obgyn specialist would NOT let me eat cereal at all (and I had been eating plain cheerios). I remember it was bc of what cereal does to your bs level, and that it was especially not good during pregnancy. I did not have celiac at that time, just T1. But even now if I eat gf cereal, it does crazy things to my bs. I have learned to just avoid cereal most of the time. Maybe kind of a blessing for me, since gf cereal is kinda pricey. Just saves me some $$.

Comment by Kimb on March 15, 2012 at 3:57pm

Don't know where you are located, but Hy-vee carries cream of xx soups that are gf. They are condensed soups, so they can be used in casserole recipes. I have used the cream of celery and cof mushroom. Nobody even knew or noticed, and my casserole tasted the same. Now, at my store they are like $2.78(can't remember exact cents) per container. But they were well worth it.


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