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My experience with diabetes and celiac disease
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the immune system responds to the ingestion of gluten in susceptible individuals (gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley). That immune system response damages the digestive system, which leads to malabsorption of nutrients and other related health issues.
I suffered from all these symptoms and more before I knew I was living with celiac disease alongside diabetes. I spent 30 years of my life feeling bad. I had achy joints, terrible stomach pain, and uncontrollable blood sugars. I was initially diagnosed with gastroparesis and was prescribed Metoclopramide or Reglan to treat it. I followed the doctor’s advice and took the medication with no relief. Not to mention the drug side effects, tardive dyskinesia (uncontrollable facial twitching)! I was feeling frustrated and helpless, so I started to do my own research.
To read the rest of Alicia B's story go to https://bit.ly/2PVfxjm to hear what she uncovered in her personal research.