Pasta! Type2Diabetes? 

As a child, already, I was constantly thirsty and could “eat a garden tap ailive.” Also, the soles of my feet regularly burned as if the fires of hell were unleashed there.

49 Years later, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes although a radiologist friend from Benghazi was convinced that I was diabetic. My physique, according to him, was a dead giveaway.

Meanwhile, over more than thirty years, so many doctors thought that I had “depression.” Well, I am not depressed, neither am I bipolar or anything. Just google the full list of symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes and see how it could appear to be “mental illness.”

My legalised drug dealer (pharmasist) stared at a prescription in sheer horror and asked why Nuzac was on the list. He point blank refused to give it to me. I must say, because of certain issues, I went to see psychologists and psyciatrists a number of times. One even evaluated me full-time for a week, another team of five hired by my employer found nothing wrong and referred me back to my consultant, her being a top oncologist. She was assisted by an esteemed internist with a special interest in endicrinology. Even they missed it altigether but a nursing sister, who wasn’t allowed to perform the full tests unless instructed by a doctor, told me that she suspected diabetes as far back as 1997. I was diagnosed well over a decade later and after having been seen by another twenty or more doctors.

They all missed it.

My pharmasist, who knows me well, told me that he couldn’t diagnose legally but I was the opposite of owning a depression label. When I ended up in ER, a very young doctor saw what was amiss and told me that I was diabetic and probably have been for many years.

A blood glucose test is rather inconclusive.

I was diagnosed with various auto-immune diseases among which is an intolerance for gluten. My former diet of thick oats porridge and pasta had taken a turn. Even my body balks when trying to eat certain types of bread. Yeast intolerance is also present and I cannot even drink alcohol-free beer. I become dead sick.

Lately, I started reading up a bit as I have noticed that even minute helpings of pasta results in hell fire burning my feet within the hour, despite me taking Tegretol at night. Peripheral neuropathy is becoming a serious problem.

Some qualifiied dieticians and doctors are of the opinion that a combination of gluten intolerance, type 2 and pasta can lead to inflammation. I would love to hear about research being done on this.

I have seen in practice that a #LCHF being Low Carb, Healthy Fat diet goes a long way in reducing diabetes symptoms. On another day, I will share my own awethentiq experience on that.

For now, I invite readers with Type 2 Diabetes and gluten intolerance how eating pasta affects them, if at all.

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7 thoughts on “Pasta! Type2Diabetes? 

  1. I eat a limited amount of pasta perhaps once a week, with no noticeable symptoms, though it can nudge my blood sugar up. Proper artisan bread (especially sourdough) gives me few problems, but supermarket bread (that hardened chemical soup in a packet) is instant upset.

    Diagnosed type 2 in 1991 (in SA, no less) and on pills from 2005. The gluten intolerance is questionable, as it only seems to happen with highly processed breads. I eat a fair bit of couscous too.

    Something I am experimenting with is yoga. Early morning yoga, with certain poses reputed to massage the pancreas cause my blood sugar to come crashing down. I’m in SA on holiday in October, but going on a serious yoga effort when i get back.

    I seriously sympathise with the neuropathy – it’s a constant painful reminder!

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  2. I am a proponent of slow food an that artisan bread sounds good. I did a tiny little research tonight on wheat flour and found that bromide (Hitler killed Jews with it) and certain peroxides (people bleach hair with it) gets added to that witches’ broth you so eloquintly described.

    Yoga would be hard, as just being able to stand upright and walk (sort of) is a miracle as I was in a wheelchair before.

    Pasta maybe twice a month in minute quantities but it remains lethal. Back in the day, I ate lots of it, which is perhaps why I became diabetic, now that I understand the nuts, bolts, firmware and source code of that. 🙂

    So you went fourteen years or so before using meds?

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  3. I managed the diabetes on diet and exercise for fourteen years. I still believe it was the stress of the Zim -> UK migration, which didn’t go well, that tipped it over the edge. Fighting now to avoid insulin! As a youngster I used to eat a lot of sweet stuff and bread – need I say more?

    For a few years the only bread we ate was what I made – flour, water, salt, lemon juice, yeast, and a bread maker. My sourdough didn’t work well. We reached a point where we ate so little bread half of it was stale and ended up in the bin. And the bread maker broke. We have found a source of reasonable basic bread.

    We started Hatha yoga with a very good teacher. My wife has some limitations, and she just worked out what my wife could and couldn’t do and went from there. There are a lot of sitting poses and breathing poses which can still do good.

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  4. I was crippled for some time and then another two decades of rather limited mobility, if at all. Bedridden for much of the time.

    We also did cut out bread almost entirely.

    The emigration from Zim. I can only imagine that. Had my own tense situation here. Cape Town, for now, is the better place around here.

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  5. My sympathies. I cannot even begin relate to that.

    Interestingly I have an aunt in cape Town who embraced the macrobiotic approach and buddhism at around 70. She’s now fit and well at 95 or thereabouts.

    Outside of providing a future for my kids, the UK NHS is, of course, a big part of living in the UK. It may not be perfect, but it does work.

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  6. I was seen by a Cuban doctor today, under our limited version of NHS. He did impress; they are better trained than the US ones and now also SA doctors. (Ours were among the best until 20 years ago.)

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  7. Sorry, stepped away for a bit. That was our experience before we left Zim. A lot of foreign doctors coming in, but many of them excellent.
    It is very sad to see the loss of skills like that.

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