So I was toodling around the internet when I found Me With D. Firstly *yay* to another Canadian D-Blogger! Secondly I was extremely interested in her post two days ago about carbs. Well not so much about the carbs but about Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease. A very lovely person commented with a link to a radio program called: Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease with Dr. Thomas O'Bryan. While I feverishly worked away at the office (I'm not lying) I listened to this 1 hour and 20 minute segment and was relatively floored at what I heard. I would suggest everybody take a listen.
For years since my diagnosis I've been battling with gastrointestinal issues. I was diagnosed with IBS a few years ago but most of the problems have not let up. Some things trigger me and some don't and even that is touch and go. What might work some days won't other days. It's about as frustrating as diabetes itself.
I have had 3 GP's, 2 Gastroenterologists, 3 Dieticians and 3 CDE's all ask and/or test me for celiac based on my symptoms over the past 5 or so years. All tests of course coming back negative. But for THAT many doctors to suggest it leaves me somewhat questioning it. I do have diabetes after-all and people with Type 1 diabetes are at high risk for celiac disease. Also, 50% of Type 1 diabetics show adverse immune response to wheat I could never bring myself to try a gluten free diet long enough to see if my symptoms disappear, especially when all the tests kept coming back negative.
After listening to that blogtalk radio episode I am a changed woman. I have enough reasons to try out gluten-free and see how I feel. I may be amazed, and then again, I may not feel any better. Its hard to imagine life without gastro upset and discomfort, its become such a buddy of mine. (big time sarcasm)
Thanks fellow blogger for opening my eyes.