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Low glycaemic index (GI) choices Eating low GI foods can help you feel full for longer, and help to keep your BGLs in target. Some lower GI gluten free foods are: • • • • • • • basmati and doongara (clever) rice gluten free breads labelled as low GI grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth legumes fruit corn and yams dairy products. Carbohydrate counting and gluten-free foods Many people with diabetes count the carbohydrates in their meals to decide how much insulin they need, and help keep their BGLs within target. Getting diagnosed with coeliac disease can make this more difficult, as it can mean a big change in the carbohydrate foods that you eat. It is important not to rely on standard carbohydrate values, as gluten free foods often contain different amounts of carbohydrate. Use the food label to find out the amount of carbohydrate in the food type and brand that you are eating. Remember that many carbohydrate foods are naturally gluten free – starchy vegetables, many dairy foods, fruit, legumes, and rice. So you will be able to count these as you have before. More information Children with type 1 diabetes are routinely screened for coeliac disease. There are no set guidelines on how often adults with type 1 diabetes should be screened. Talk to your doctor if you have not been screened for several years. If you have type 2 diabetes and are experiencing the above symptoms and are concerned that you may have coeliac disease, talk to your doctor. For more information visit the Coeliac Society website: www.coeliac.org.au AUTUMN 2015 YMCA HEALTHY LIVING MAGAZINE 7