Last October, I wrote a blog post about our health and our health care. You can read it here...
I had said I would update you a month after that, but we were pretty busy telling you about our Southern Africa trip! So here's the update now...
So, at the time, I was getting these light headed moments along with a few other what I thought were less serious symptoms. A little bit of frequent urination, some numbness is my toes, thirst and hunger, minor joint pain, a little bit of diarrhea and gas, and some of you noticed my weight loss. It almost seemed like a blood sugar problem, and I'm almost positive now that had I gone to the doctor he would have told me I had diabetes.
At the time, most of these things were pretty minor, and I just figured these were symptoms of getting older!
But some of my research kept bringing me back to gluten, and I even had found references to people who had these similar symptoms and had gone on a gluten free diet.
And then, I found this article, where a doctor suggests that most diabetes is a lifestyle choice that can be virtually eliminated by going on a gluten free diet...
And he might be right.
Your overall body health is directly dictated by your diet and the amount of exercise you get. Simple as that.
And guess what? Since being on a gluten free diet, all of the symptoms I was having are gone. Yep, all of them. I feel great. The only thing missing now is a little more exercise, but now that we're in one place for a while I'm going to get on that!
Not everyone has a gluten intolerance, but I'm convinced that most people have an intolerance to some extent. Diagnoses such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) minor stomach cramps and bloating, and a variety of other issues are definitely related. It's also interesting to note that an estimated 10% of people with confirmed diagnosis of type 1 diabetes also have celiac disease!
And most people who are confirmed as being gluten intolerant and continue to eat gluten will end up with celiac disease. So, is it possible that there's a relationship between gluten, celiac disease, and diabetes. Yup, I would say so.
One day in the future, we'll talk about our gluten free diet. It's interesting to note that we buy very few prepackaged items from the gluten free section of your nearby grocery or health food store. And you've all seen our grocery bills...it's not that expensive to eat gluten free
Note: Obviously I'm not a doctor. These are just my opinions. Obviously your doctor might have his own opinion, and you might have yours. All I know, is that I feel much better, and that's what counts. Your experience might be different!
Ruth and Kevin looking at the ducks at El Charco del Ingenio Jardin Botanico (a botanical garden) in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Photo taken November 29, 2010.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Cabri Regional Park, Saskatchewan, Canada. We're here until September 30th.
Where are they heading next? Flying to Ottawa, Canada for a five day visit on October 1st. Then driving Sherman back to Mexico during October, and flying to Medellin, Colombia for a six week visit!