In the HA! TOLD YOU SO department…

My ma has been told for years that she has hypoglycemia and is borderline diabetic.
After I had pancreatitis at the young age of 21, I began to also exhibit hypoglycemia. I was told that this was due to the pancreas being forever weakened because it had become acutely inflamed. The cause was never determined, though one doctor speculated I must be an alcoholic because I was 21 years old and in college, so OBVIOUSLY I was a rabid partier (bugger the fact that #1 I commuted to college and also worked full time to help my ma pay off her debt, #2 I was still quite naive and under the influence of my Christian Fundamentalist mother and #3 I was working as a daycare teacher in a Christian daycare).
A nurse speculated that the acute pancreatitis was likely the result of being put on Cipro (very strong antibiotic) for recurrent sinus infections during my first couple years working with children in a daycare setting.

I’ve always gone with the nurse’s idea of how the pancreatitis happened, because I certainly wasn’t a fracking alcoholic.

Many years later, in 2006, I was doing diet elimination to try to see what foods might be making my Endometriosis pain worse. I took out wheat and 2 weeks later, added it back in.
My body let me know wheat was NOT okay.

When people ask me what my reaction is to eating wheat, I always say it feels like hypoglycemia. I get irritated, I get a headache, nausea, eye pain, tunnel vision…these are all the things my ma says she gets with hypoglycemia, so I’d assumed for years that I too had hypoglycemia.

The problem with that theory is that once I cut wheat out of my diet for several months, I stopped getting ‘hypoglycemic’ attacks. So I’ve been trying to convince my ma that she doesn’t have hypoglycemia or borderline diabetes. If she just cuts wheat and yeast out of her diet like I did, she may find that she too recovers from this affliction. But she won’t have it. And other people I’ve talked to can’t seem to see the connection.

In 2006 and again in 2008, I was tested for Celiac, and it came back negative both times. But I’m told I present classic for Celiac. I’ve been urged to do an endoscopy but why go through that when I can just abstain from the foods?
Then again I guess it’s best to know for certain if I have Celiac, cuz of what I’m about to show you.

Here comes the HA! I TOLD YOU SO part…

Researchers believe Diabetes and Celiac disease linked
LONDON, U.K.– Scientists at the University of Cambridge and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry confirmed Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes and celiac disease appear to share a common genetic origin.

Their findings, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, identified seven chromosome regions which are shared between the two diseases.
The research suggests that type 1 diabetes and celiac disease may be caused by common underlying mechanisms such as autoimmunity-related tissue damage and intolerance to dietary antigens (foreign substances which prompt an immune response).
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder which causes the body to attack the beta cells of the pancreas, limiting its ability to produce the insulin necessary to regulate blood sugar levels.
Celiac disease, also an autoimmune disorder, attacks the small intestine and is triggered by the consumption of gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) and cereals. The development and anatomy of the small intestine and pancreas are closely related, and the gut immune system shares connections with pancreatic lymph nodes, which have been linked to an inflammation of the pancreas and the destruction of beta cells.
The researchers, were funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and Coeliac UK, believe that these regions of the chromosomes regulate the mechanisms that cause the body’s own immune system to attack both the beta cells in the pancreas and the small intestine.
Their results suggest that type 1 diabetes and celiac disease not only share genetic causes but could have similar environmental triggers as well.
Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease together affect about 1% of the population.

Good times.

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