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10/24/17 7:47 P

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This is an instance of differing medical opinions or maybe not enough information. Whatever the case, I know one thing for sure. I do what seems to work for me *and* (big and) is easiest and most likely that I will stick with. I've looked at gluten free and unless somebody proves to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that it's going to give me some really spectacular relief in some area, it ain't happenin' for me. If irrefutable evidence that it helps dramatically with neuropathy or PAD, I'll look again. Till then, reduced carb and low calorie are the best I can muster.

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So, I am doing alright.

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10/24/17 12:49 P

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If your doctor is going by the American Diabetes Association, gluten-free isn't part of their guidelines for diabetes. A low fat reduced calorie diet with whole grains instead of processed grains.


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Interesting article. Now I am curious why my doctor did not mention gluten free even though I am pre-diabetic. Low calorie and exercise was what he recommended.



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10/8/17 5:24 A

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I am diabetic and have controlled the diabetes since 2000 with diet and exercise alone -- no meds. The only gluten in my diet at the time the doc asked me to go gluten free was my breakfast crispbread that had 4 net carbs. I haven't really had flour, rice, bread, potatoes very much since 2000. To go gluten free, I only had to cut out the crispbread.

After seeing him for 6 months with no improvement of the numbness, I changed to a doctor who deals exclusively with neuropathy. I still didn't get a definite cause, but I had a chemo drug in 1990 (vincristine) that's known to worsen diabetic neuropathy. His best theory is that vincristine with diabetes combines with the natural loss of aging sped up the process.

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I often wonder if I'm being too harsh when I talk about Diabetes and Obesity. It's nice to know that at least one other human mirrors my sentiments. Gerrtie also mirrors my story except the the dumba$$ part that I add to our collective tale. I too lost a hundred pounds and there the similarity ends for a while. I was not Diabetic yet (maybe?).

Then I had surgery after two years of maintenance and went straight to the feedbag. I gained about seventy of it back and now I *am* Diabetic. Well, once again SparkPeople to the rescue. I got my A1C down to normal and have lost most of the meds and hoping to lose them altogether. Thanks to my stupidity, I'll need at least one more surgery for an umbilical hernia, I have much discoloration on my left leg along with numbness in the first two toes. I don't hold out great hope for long term retention of that limb. I had a vitrectomy to correct a macular pucker in the left eye that was most certainly caused by the high glucose. There's more and it was all avoidable had I only stuck with the program.

There's no bargaining with it. It's cold, ugly and cruel. I can't repeat often enough that if you're Diabetic, get serious about getting rid of it or as close to rid of it as you can get. If you're Obese, get rid of it, period. Too many people have successfully done so for there to be any excuses. Focus, commit, and just do it. Then... never, ever quit. That's the voice of experience. Don't ignore it. You really *can* do it!

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Are you a diabetic? I am, and before I started changing my diet for the better, foot neuropathy was the first complication to happen to me. Luckily a year later I saw that I HAD to change my eating and exercising habits (which were eating tons of sugary foods and drive thru junk food, and sitting on the couch doing nothing.) Since Nov 2008 I have not eaten sugary foods or fast food, and I walk at least 40 mins a day for exercise. I lost almost 100 lbs by Dec 2009, and have not needed Meds for diabetes ever since.

If you have not been tested for diabetes, I urge you to have it done. Diabetes will kill you, and take your legs, and kidneys first.. Give you heart disease. Make you go blind. It is nothing to be messed around with. There are things you can do to protect yourself, if you take action and change your eating and exercise habits. Good luck to you.


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9/6/17 2:43 P

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How do you know you don't have gluten issues? Gluten can cause a whole host of issues in people and every person reacts differently to it. I know for me personally, when I eat foods with gluten, my joints get stiff and achy, my sinuses drain and I develop an annoying cough after eating, my stomach rumbles after I eat, etc. But, my reaction may be different than yours or someone else's. My suggestion would be to remove gluten from your diet for a month or so and see how you feel. If you don't feel any different, add it back in. But if you notice a difference, you may want to try to eliminate it most of the time.



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9/3/17 1:29 P

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As the last post suggests, high blood glucose can cause this. Nearly every time I've had foot tingling with toe numbness I've linked it back to sugar consumption.

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Maybe he's one of the ones that feel there is a connection? I don't see it, but here's an article about it. Maybe his rationale is to get rid of gluten and a lot of carbs will go with it? My understanding is that high blood glucose is the main culprit in Diabetic Neuropathy. The best way to control that is lowered calorie intake and avoidance of blood glucose spikes can be achieved by controlling carb intake as well. Anyway, here's the article. See what you think:

www.verywell.com/gluten-and-neuropathy-562
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8/31/17 1:44 P

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Seems to be pretty common as we age to get a bit of feet numbness.

Just curious to see if anyone has dealt with this by changing to a gluten free diet. My doctor wants me to do this -- I do not have gluten issues.

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