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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
corn and yams
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.
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:
AUTUMN 2015 YMCA HEALTHY LIVING MAGAZINE