Allergies and Type 1 Diabetes

I’ve noticed I’ve been getting a lot more allergies. Lately to almonds and crab. I read in a Diabetes Magazine that it’s because Type 1 attacks itself and that allergies work the same way in the body. Anybody else having this problem? Had to take Benadryl again.

There seems some evidence that autoimmunity problems, whether allergies, gluten intolerance, arthritis are highly correlated with type 1 diabetes. It has been estimated that upwards of 20% of autoimmune type 1s suffer from gluten sensitivity. Perhaps others will pipe in with their experiences. Allergies can be serious things, I hope you don’t end up severely allergic. Do try to follow up with an allergy specialist.

Ever since I was diagnosed with Type 1 almost eight years ago at age 42, I keep developing allergies. I never had allergies of any kind – except for a mild reaction to penicillin – before I became diabetic. Now I’m allergic to sulfa drugs, Accupril, and bee stings. I suspect that the list will continue to get longer.

Although I have had hives once before I because diabetic (during an incredibly stressful time during my divorce), I now have fairly regular bouts. Sometimes it takes three medications to get them under control! I just started with symptoms yesterday so I’m back to a Claritin a day in hopes that I can nip it in the bud.

i’ve been type one for 17 years now and i have absolutely no food allergies. some food allergies even run in my family like peanut allergies but not for me. i do have allergies in the spring and fall but they are mild…never anything i’d run to the doctor’s for, just have tissues close by in the mornings. i don’t feel it’s because of my diabetes though, i’ve always had them.