Type 1/LADA, insulin resistance, and food allergies

I found this interesting article about how food allergies affect diabetes.

It definitely hit home for me and I'm sure for a few others here.


Well as someone with Type 1 and multiple, severe food allergies I found this article interesting. But I'm a bit unclear if it's talking about food allergies or food sensitivities, and it almost makes it sound like cutting out wheat, milk, and eggs will cure diabetes. If you are actually allergic to a food it's unlikely you'd continue to eat it for years without knowing about it (with the exception of possibly celiac disease, but that's an autoimmune disease, not an allergy).

I have a condition called eosinophilic esophagitis which means many foods trigger my immune system and attract eosinophils to my esophagus, which then cause inflammation and scarring. Because of this I've been avoiding wheat, eggs, soy, peanuts, sesame seeds, shellfish, and tree nuts for the past five months. I also have an anaphylactic allergy to potatoes so have never eaten them, and have been largely avoiding milk for years due to allergy symptoms (I found out a few months ago after allergy testing that I'm very allergic to milk; my last reaction to milk bordered on anaphylaxis).

So basically I've been avoiding all of these foods for months, and I don't notice any difference in my diabetes control except that I've lost some weight and therefore am taking less insulin. My actual blood sugars continue to be erratic and I'm positive my pancreas isn't helping out any more than it was before (I've been Type 1 for almost 23 years, since I was a kid).

I have allergy issues beyond food (moderate asthma, many severe environmental allergies, allergies to nickel and Teflon infusion sets, a possible allergy to latex, some more mild food allergies). My theory is that my immune system has been messed up since birth and is going haywire attacking my body and harmless things in my environment. On the plus side, though, I can't remember the last time I had the flu or an infection (my doctor thought I had some infections a few weeks ago but all blood and other tests came back negative, so it's something else), and most years I get either no cold or one cold that lasts about two days. So at least my immune system is very good at what it does, even if it is a bit too enthusiastic.

I'd be interested to know what others think of this article.

Sorry Jen for the late response. My allergic reaction usually cause resiual effects after the initial anaphylaxis attack (hives, lips/tongue/eyelids swelling, breathing problems) with mucuous, allergy colds, migraines, asthma attacks, etc.

My CRP and SED rates skyrockets resulting in my RA flaring as well. That's how my RA was initially, officially diagnosed through my allergy blood tests.

I think this article is trying to tie the autoimmune responses of allergies with autoimmunity of diabetes. I have heard some people who said their allergies triggered or pushed their bodies into Type 1 diabetes by turning on the autoimmune switch to "overload".

Many years ago, my doctor handed me a laundry list of healthy foods that I could no longer eat that I grew up eating (seafood, dairy, peppers, onions, beans, peas, apples, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, pears, pineapples, etc). My body just turned on me. The older I get, the longer the list is growing and there are more foods I am unable to eat (corn, wheat, etc). It's really frustrating.

But now I understand why I was always sick in elementary school. It was due to the food they fed me in the cafeteria--fishsticks and milk. I was always sick at home with the stomach virus at least twice a school year. I'd always get sick after lunch and my mom would have to come and pick me up from the nurse's office.

I may end up like the boy in the bubble.