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RE: [IPk] Wheat

Hi all,(just read John's experience..) 
It is difficult to know whether what you are discovering is a true wheat
allergy/intolerance or coeliac/celiac experience. Most people with coeliac
can take upto 6 months for results to improve through and you are right John
when you said gluten is found in many foods - (if you think everything has
sugar in it - you should see the un-thought of things gluten is found in..
eg: miniMars bars but not normal size!!). 
A pointer for those of you who think you may try this... If you do have
coeliac disease - it may be picked up in a blood test - called EMA -
Antiendomysial antibodies test - although some consultants like to go
further with a bowel biopsy. 
If your GP requires this before giving gluten free foods on prescription
(eg: bread,pasta,pizza bases, biscuits) - you may get left holding the bill
for these foods- or have to start including them again for the antibodies to
be present before prescribing. 
Just a few thoughts... 
PS: I would recommend an EMA every 2 years as a screen as those with Type 1
diabetes are more likely to be at risk of having the condition. PS; Just
because it doesn't show up in this screen doesn't mean it may not be develop
in a later screen. 
Here's hoping everyone is otherwise well.. 
Jules :)
Julette Kentish
Diabetes Research/Specialist Dietitian

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	John Neale [SMTP:email @ redacted]
> Sent:	Monday, October 08, 2001 11:19 AM
> To:	email @ redacted
> Subject:	[IPk] Wheat
> I've just made a really weird discovery... a week ago I cut wheat out of
> my
> diet. This was after private discussions with several people about coeliac
> disease, and gluten/wheat allergy. I was curious to see what the results
> were in me. I've replaced the wheat with similar amounts of other carbs
> (potato/rice/corn etc). To my surprise the result has been unusually
> stable
> bg results. The after-breakfast "blip" has disappeared. I'm now having
> corn
> flakes and sweet espresso coffee - I used to have Bran Flakes or Honey
> Loops (Loops fairly high in fibre btw). And all day my bg stays mostly
> between 4 and 10. This has previously been only a fantasy for me!!!
> (Things
> had been slipping lately - I was lucky to be getting 60% of my readings
> between 4 and 10.)
> I'm not jumping to conclusions too quickly. I know that whenever you alter
> your diet the body takes a while settle down - so this may be what's
> happening here. Don't know. But I've not altered it that much - just
> changed my breakfast cereal, having ryevita instead of wheat bread with my
> lunch (I know rye contains a small amount of gluten, but much less than
> wheat I think), and I've removed the pastry-based puddings we often have
> (We now have plums and custard, rice pudding etc. Very nice)
> I've put my recent results up at
> http://www.webshowcase.net/diabetes/archive/ (sorry about the missing week
> - the sliding door jammed on my meter!) I've got a diabetes clinic
> appointment in a few weeks time, and I'll discuss it with them then...
> John
> PS Coeliac is spelt celiac in the US
> --
> mailto:email @ redacted
> http://www.webshowcase.net/johnneale
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