The Ultimate Diabetes and Celiac Disease Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

Celiac disease damages:

If you have celiac disease, ingesting gluten damages the lining of your small intestine. Gluten can be found in wheat and other grains.

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What is the classic symptom of celiac disease?

Most people with celiac disease experience diarrhea when they eat gluten. Other symptoms of celiac disease include: loss of appetite, weight loss, irritability, fatigue, depression, anemia and skin rash.

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People with diabetes and celiac disease experience:

People who have both diabetes and celiac disease experience unexplained episodes of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is defined as very low blood glucose levels.

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There is a link between celiac disease and:

Approximately 5 percent of people with type 1 diabetes also have celiac disease. The prevalence of celiac disease among people with type 1 diabetes is significantly higher than the prevalence of celiac disease in the general population.

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How is celiac disease diagnosed?

The gold standard for diagnosing celiac disease is through blood tests and a biopsy of the small intestine. Celiac disease is relatively easy to diagnose, so consult your doctor if you think you have this chronic condition.

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What is the concern with gluten-free diets for those with diabetes?

Gluten-free diets require that you change the source of most of your carbohydrates. This dietary change can have a significant impact on your blood glucose levels.

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What is a 19th-century gluten-free diet?

Consider a 19th-century gluten-free diet if you want to go easy on your wallet. Don't eat any processed or packaged foods and don't eat out. Your only food source is whole foods that you cook yourself.

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What foods do you eat on a 19th-century gluten-free diet?

A 19th-century gluten-free diet involves only eating whole foods. Your food options are limited to: vegetables, fruit, fish, meat eggs and rice.

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A 20th-century gluten-free diet involves:

Get your reading glasses and be prepared to spend a lot of time at the grocery store! A 20th-century gluten-free diet involves reading all ingredients on food packages, watching out for even the smallest sign of gluten. Don't assume anything -- even seemingly safe products can contain small amounts of gluten.

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Besides reading food ingredients, what else should you watch out for when buying packaged foods on a gluten-free diet?

Any gluten that is part of the actual packaging is not included in the ingredients of the packaged product. Chewing gum, for example, is sometimes wrapped in paper that is lined with flour.

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Beside the obvious gluten ingredients, what other ingredients should you avoid?

Read food labels with background knowledge of what food ingredients contain gluten. Be wary of “natural” and “artificial” flavoring, avoid caramel color, and steer clear from curry powder.

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A 21st century gluten-free diet involves:

You'd be surprised at the number of products in both health food stores and mainstream supermarkets that are labeled “gluten-free.” Stick to American brands, however, as international products that are labeled “gluten-free” may actually contain trace amounts of gluten.

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What is a great gluten-free substitute for wheat pasta?

Rice pasta tastes very similar to the traditional wheat pasta. You can also try potato-rice pasta as another option.

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Why are gluten-free breads so dense and heavy?

Gluten is an elastic protein that gives bread that unique structure and consistency. So, if you are a bread lover on a gluten-free diet, you're out of luck.

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Why should you decrease your lactose intake if you have celiac disease?

Damage to the intestine is common in people with celiac disease. This damage can result in lactose intolerance. So it's best to limit lactose intake if you have celiac disease.

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About This Quiz

Celiac disease is a chronic condition that requires strict dietary changes. These dietary changes can affect your diabetes management. Take this quiz and learn how to manage two chronic conditions that both require changes to your diet.

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