Diabetes: Cured

darMa left this great story of diabetes reversed–CURED–in the Wheat Belly Blog comments.

Diabetes is generating double-digit revenue growth for the pharmaceutical industry in the midst of a recession. It is a booming industry, doctors writing prescriptions for Actos, Januvia, Januvamet, Byetta, Levamir, NovoLog, etc. every day.

So why doesn’t anybody tell you that diabetes is curable in the majority—with diet?

I was a 58 year old diabetic on Avandia, Diovan and Zetia and having multiple annoying and painful side effects and I’d been reading about the possible dangers of the Avandia.

I was looking for answers when I happened upon Dr. Eades’ blog which led to Tom Naughton and your Heart Scan Blog. Ironically, the first blog post of yours I read was a 2/22/08 post on diabetes meds. Your genuine compassion and concern for your patients and willingness to LISTEN to them was very apparent so I started reading everything you’d written. I immediately cut the carbs and quit the wheat/grains and waited for my next appointment while weaning myself off the meds.

At my next appointment, I told the doctor (fairly new to me) about the side effects and weaning off the meds. He was not a happy camper and dramatically stated “It’s Avandia or insulin!”. However, not 10 minutes later, as he was about to go to his next patient, he said my A1C was 5.8 so I could “try” no diabetes meds. I was thrilled – this meant the low carb/no grain diet was working!

It took me a while to notice some of the other benefits – no IBS, no migraines, the dry, flaky skin I’d had all my life was gone, excessive flatulence gone, 30 pounds gone without even trying, thankfully those side effects eventually disappeared, I can breathe through both sides of my nose again!! (which I would never have dreamed could be cured by simply not eating wheat!), BP down, HDL up and many more that I notice from time to time.

So here I am today, now 61, on no medications (I do take the supplements recommended by you & Dr. Eades) and my A1C at my physical earlier this month matched the one from last year’s physical – 4.7. I was telling the doctor how many of my health problems had disappeared when I changed my diet. He said yes, it was amazing what changing your diet could do. Since he is a pretty heavy guy, I keep wishing he’d ask me what exactly I changed, but he never does. It’s a shame because he could certainly benefit from your advice and/or at least try to talk his other diabetic patients into cleaning up their diets (including my 2 sisters, who will listen to the doctor but not to their now slim and healthy.little sis..).

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  1. Everything you spoke of…. True!! Before Thanksgiving I had frequent migraines and ba psoriasis… I decided then to stop my consumption of wheat and other related products…. I returned to the health center 25 days later 10lbs lighter and with a normal blood pressure reading… My PA-C was actually excited for me an wanted to hear hat happened…. I told her about WB and she said “Whaaaat?? I would have never thought that wheat could do that! I’m going to read about it and share it with other patients.” from having a check up every month since august, she said I don’t need to see you for 6mos. Only if you need to come in! Ever since the 25th of November, I have not had any migraines except one when I had a slice of cake…. Behold the power of Wheat and being Wheat sober. Now I’m starting my mon on this diet… To help her with her arthritis, and psoriasis…. We’ll see how she does. LoL. Thank you for sharing!

      • “Wheat sober” is indeed priceless!

        Very nice results, KB. And if you enjoyed such a wonderful response, it is highly likely–virtually guaranteed–that your mom does, too.

        • Laurie Whitley

          Please be sure Dr. Davis, that long threads like this one regarding a “cure” for diabetes clearly states people are referring to Type 2 diabetes, NOT Type 1. There is, as you know, no cure (yet) for the auto-immune, juvenile-onset, Type 1 diabetes. I was born with it and am now 54, so when I read the word “cure” and “diabetes” in the same sentence without defining the type, it is more than annoying as you might imagine. This is an insidious disease and there is no cure. No diet, no medication, no methods of any kind are curative yet. Quite frankly, I’m quite tired of people thinking there is a cure for a disease that I’ve been dealing with every hour on the hour for almost 54 years.

          I’ve given up wheat for other reasons (a muffin top that has appeared during menopause) and my husband has now lost 15 pounds and in his case, Type 2 runs in his family.

          So I thank you very much for your work on this important medical issue! But please — make sure the info on diabetes is specific to the type of the disease under discussion.

          • Noted, Laurie.

            Also note that wheat elimination, if undertaken from birth, has the potential for “cure,” or at least the failure to trigger the development of, type 1 diabetes. Also, vitamin D supplementation for which the data are quite good.

  2. Linda

    “I keep wishing he’d ask me what exactly I changed, but he never does.”

    Before I got sucked into the vortex of medical hell last month, I RARELY visited a doctor. I did visit my ophthalmologist on a regular basis, but that was all. Unfortunately, thanks to chest pressure becoming stronger which ended up in a trip to the ER, then a week-end in the hospital followed by an angiogram and then a stent placement, I have been subjected to more doctors/nurses/specialists and other white-coated experts than I ever wanted!
    Needless to say, I am now on Lipitor along with Plavix, etc
    I am also following a LCHF diet, and have since July of 2008, which accounts for my excellent HDL and triglyceride results, plus Vit D3 and Fish Oil, etc.
    My point? With all this interaction with members of the medical profession, NO ONE has asked me about my diet!
    WTH has happened to preventative medicine?
    It just seems to be a constant refrain, “Here, get this filled at _______ and come back in 6 months”.

    • Boundless

      > With all this interaction with members of the medical
      > profession, NO ONE has asked me about my diet!

      It’s their training:
      http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2011/10/wheat-belly-quick-and-dirty/#comment-7517

      It’s even worse for nurses (and we have an RN/BSN in the family). They get ZERO training on the role of diet in human health.

      I tend to discount the economic arguments (after all, Dr. Davis is trying to put himself out of a job). It comes down to “How could 80% of my caseload have a root cause in something that was a med school footnote?”

    • Boundless

      Dr. Davis has also pointed out that his colleagues have allowed themselves to be painted into an acute care corner. They are fix-on-failure specialists. Preventative maintenance is not on the menu.

      • Absolutely spot on boundless ! I’m a type 2 from England and from tomorrow am starting the wheat free and complex carbs free diet. Just happened on this site and I’m sick of being constantly in pain with neuropathy in my feet and generally not well and well….. Fat! Let’s give it a try Doc!! Jon

        • Dr. Davis

          With that combination of struggles, Jon, I am optimistic that, given sufficient time (1 year for the neuropathy), you will have a wonderful experience!

    • Julie

      Don’t forget to add CoQ10 to your supplements if you are on any kind of a Statin. The heart muscle is different from other muscles, it never rests, so the body uses CoQ10 to force the fatigue poisons out of the heart muscle. Statins reduce the efficacy of CoQ10 (its either that or they block the production of CoQ10) . Without the CoQ10 you end up with, guess what? A heart attack!

      Julie

    • Linda–

      Please take a look at the posts on this situation on my Heart Scan Blog, i.e., what you can do to put a stop to heart disease.

      For instance, don’t neglect vitamin D normalization, thyroid normalization, and assess whether or not you have Lp(a).

      • Linda

        My family doctor tells me that my thyroid is fine, I hope she is correct. According to my blood work, she tells me I am well within normal ranges,etc.
        I asked for a more extensive lipid profile recently but was told my insurance will not cover that but once a year, otherwise I pay for it, and, on a fixed income, that’s out of the question. Being poor and unemployed sucks!

  3. Renfrew

    Linda,
    There is a simple answer to this question:
    Preventive medicine is cheap and successful and therefore does not bring enough $$$ to the doctor’s office.
    I liked the system in old China: The doctor gets paid, as long as the patient is healthy. As soon as the patient gets sick, the doctor gets no paycheck anymore !!

    • PJ

      I’ve heard that, too. I would gladly pay HEALTH INSURANCE premiums if my doctor was actually insuring my health. Just imagine . . . .

  4. Mike

    Many posters claim that they have lost their desire to consume carbs and sweets. That applies to me also. However, after being wheat-free for several months, I do have an almost-daily craving — and that is for a good slab of meat! Since this hasn’t been mentioned on these websites before, I wonder if this meat craving is common.

    • I still crave the occasional sweet, but my cravings for red meat is something new for me. It’s become a Friday night ritual for the husbeast and I to go out for a steak dinner on date night. There was a point in time the only meat I ate was turkey in every form, turkey breast, ground turkey, turkey bacon and etc. I wouldn’t touch a piece of red meat. Now, I’m going out for steak and grilling thick fatty burgers for lunch….topping the burgers with bacon, too!

      • Julie

        Definitely, my butcher loves us. We have 3 festive family meals this week.
        Xmas Eve, my daughter is around with her boyfriend, so as we don’t know what time she will be able to get here we are doing slow cooker braised beef in red wine with bay leaves and peppercorns. Xmas Day dinner, with eldest son, is turkey and all the trimmings and December 27th is mine and hubbies 21st wedding anniversary and we are having steaks at home with whichever of the kids can make it..
        So an expensive shopping week this week.

        • Phillis

          Red meat YES!!!! Sometimes I want red meat so bad I have visions of myself as a lioness running down a fat gazelle and eating it! Wouldn’t do that in reality but a lot of gazelles are really thankful right now that I’m NOT a lioness!! Hahahahahaha! It’s funny tho but as a child I would crave red meat with lots of fat and if I was sick all I wanted was fatty meat like bacon. My parents thought I was crazy and would try to give me “milk toast” which would make me gag. It is wheat toast soaked in warm milk and was supposed to be good for sick tummies. Really gagalicious! Little did I know until later that my body was trying to tell me what would make it well and it certainly wasn’t anything to do with soggy wheat bread!!!

          • Pam H

            I have noticed that I crave dark chocolate as well, and find that I am eating a bit more than before, heavier in protein, but losing weight. I love it!!

        • But sounds like a wonderfully rich family experience, all wheat-free! The braised beef in red wine sounds particularly yummy.

          And happy wedding anniversary!

          • Janne

            Before I could never stomach rare beef but now I a wheat-free I quite enjoy it. I have noticed I crave chocolate, though. Good dark chocolate, mind you.

  5. eric olander

    I too have adopted the no wheat diet and have reaped the benefits, but after reading the previous posts I gotta ask…when did bacon and fatty red meat become healthy again?

  6. Uncle Roscoe

    Hi Dr. Davis, I have a question which might be right up your alley.

    Insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar are the hallmarks of type 2 diabetes. On the scale of 90% of cancers are associated with type 2 diabetes. The remaining cancers, like prostate cancer, seem more associated with dyslipidemia, assumably because they interplay with fat-based enzyme processes. Dyslipidemia is caused by wheat and sugar ingestion. So either way all cancer has wheat and sugar ingestion as a cause. However, the pathways from sugar and wheat ingestion to the fat-based cancers are a tough sell to people unfamiliar with low carb eating.

    The test for HBA1C protein in the blood has become a mainstay in diagnosing type 2 diabetes. It is an enduring indicator of diabetes chemistry on a cellular level. Is HBA1C elevated in people with dyslipidemia? Is elevated HBA1C a useful indicator of dyslipidemia when blood sugar is not high enough to be called type 2 diabetes?

    • Hi, Uncle–

      Yes, HbA1c correlates well with lipid abnormalities. It correlates inversely with HDL, correlates positively with triglycerides, apoprotein B, and LDL particle number.

      Smells like a carbohydrate effect, eh?

      • Uncle Roscoe

        >Smells like a carbohydrate effect, eh?<

        Thanks Doc! It certainly does.

        It appears the essence, the core chemical processes which define insulin resistance, are intact in the cells of people with dyslipidemia but normal-ish blood sugar.

        If anybody wants to share some pathway science on this, I'm all ears. Now about my hyperinflated tympanic membrane……

  7. Linda

    Dr Davis……………scanned the archives, not a lot of info regarding COQ10,
    could you provide an update?
    I take Lipitor, Plavix and metoprolol. Would you feel the addition of CoQ10 is needed? Am not feeling any muscle aches or pains as yet and am walking everyday, either treadmill or outside.

    Thanks, and happy holidays to you!

    • Yes, I’ve found CoQ10 helpful for minimizing the inevitable muscle aches and weakness of statins, if statin you must.

      Make sure it is an oil-based gelcap. 100 mg per day is a pretty solid dose for most.

    • Janne

      Nothing on earth can get me to take the Lipitor the doctor keeps pushing. I’ve seen what it’s done to my father-in-law – mentally and muscle-wise. Even husband who had a heart attack last year won’t take it. Now that I am wheat-free for a few months I will go get my blood work redone in the New Year and see if my cholesterol has budged.

      Last time I saw the doctor, I told him I was wheat-free and feeling great. He just shrugged. I bit my tongue from saying, “You should try it; you could stand to lose a few pounds.”

  8. Mary

    Hello from Spain. Sorry for my bad English. I’m 38 years old, female.
    I’m gluten free from the 12th december and trying sugar free.
    I’ m positive ana, high igA from several years. Even doctors say from I was a child.
    Now positive fibrillarin. Undiagnosed autoimmune disease yet.
    Now my eyes are itchy, red, flaky and swollen eyelids. I asked the ophthalmologist and he beg me for QuantiFERON TB test.
    I think I could have vitamin D deficiency.
    Is there anyone with similar symptoms?
    Thank you.

    • Plenty, Mary.

      One way to find out if it should be blamed on wheat consumption: Avoid it meticulously and wait for a minimum of 4 weeks. You should then have your answer.

    • Uncle Roscoe

      Hear hear Dr. Davis, Please allow me to add….. Gluten causes two main classes of illness, 1) autoimmune conditions and 2) autoimmune diseases. Direct gluten attack against tissue causes autoimmune conditions …..type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, arthritis, etc. In some people the immune system responds by using antibodies to attack and remove the affected tissue. That’s autoimmune disease.

      You can remove sugar, wheat and related proteins, the cause of autoimmune disease. That’s great. But the antibodies can remain for a long time. The antibodies (IgA) which work on mucous membranes remain for up to a couple weeks. Affected organs include the digestive tract, lungs, sinuses and female reproductive organs. The antibodies which work in the blood (IgG) can remain for, like Dr. Davis said, a month and longer. Affected areas include all parts of the body. I’m not certain about antibodies which affect skin (IgE), but I think they persist for weeks also. Many additional immune system components remain affected much longer.

      I’m interested because I have some of the same issues. Do you have a butterfly rash? I think antinuclear antibodies (ANA) indicate systemic lupus. That’s pretty much the autoimmune disease of autoimmune diseases. While you’re abstaining from wheat and sugar, you might want to test your tolerance for nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes and peppers), legumes (peanuts, beans and peas), nuts, milk and cream. Also watch out for the dye in yellow cheeses. We have lots of them here in the U.S. Not so many in Europe.

      Nothing is wrong with a lifelong meat, fat, rice, white cheese, and non-legume vegetable diet if that’s what it takes to keep you alive.

      Feliz Navidad.

  9. Mary

    Thank you Dr. Davis.

    I know there are many people with lots of different pains but I meant if someone has swollen and itchy eyelid because of wheat.

    Before, I mean wheat free and not only gluten free.

  10. Uncle Roscoe

    The medical community’s misunderstanding of wheat disease is truly astounding. This large scale European study showed the prevalence of celiac disease at 1case per 133 people (1:133).

    http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/163/3/286

    This Wikipedia article says

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluten-sensitive_enteropathy_associated_conditions

    “…..and lifelong risk of this form of gluten sensitivity increases in age, possibly as high as 2% for people over 60 years of age.[2]”

    The first study is now famous. It is a “snapshot” study. At any given time the prevalence of celiac disease is just less than 1% in the overall population. Celiac disease is age related. Nobody is born with it. The older we get, the more likely we become to contract celiac disease.

    The Wikipedia article cites an analysis which assumes a zero sum game, that celiac disease does not change people. This is totally incorrect. Celiac disease, like all gluten diseases, kills people. The 1% prevalence of celiac disease would be FAR greater if celiac disease victims were still alive to be counted. Repopulate the over-60, 2% figure from the celiac death rolls, and the effective celiac rate would climb well above 50%.

  11. Shelleroo

    Curious – has anyone with MS tried going wheat free, and has it changed anything for them? Has anyone heard of anything about this? Thanks.

  12. Bruce Fast

    I have been type 2 diabetic for about 15 years. My disease deteriorated to the point where I was taking 2 shots of slow insulin, and 3 shots of rapid every day.
    I have been off wheat for just over 3 weeks. I have not used rapid insulin for about 1.5 weeks! My use of slow insulin has gone down by 1/3. I am using less metformin. My numbers are FANTASTIC! I’ve lost 10 pounds.

    Bottom line, my diabetes is clearly caused by wheat. I suspect that I will be non-diabetic (a1c < 6, no need for meds) by the end of summer. Why is this marvel so poorly known?

    • Dr. Davis

      Terrific, Bruce!

      Easy: Ignorance and an unwillingness to know the incredibly easy solution, because the alternative–medication–is so incredibly profitable.

      Keep it going!

  13. Bruce Fast

    I too am loosing my diabetes!
    I was diagnosed type 2 diabetic about 15 years ago. For a long time medication was keeping the disease in check. Three years ago I added long lasting insulin. Two years ago I added fast acting insulin — with the addition of metformin, I was treating my diabetes like a type 1 does.

    About a month ago, I tried going wheat (grain) free. Three days later, I woke up in the night with the shakes. I had low blood sugar! I started to cut back on my meds, and started testing like crazy! Within about a week I stopped all fast acting insulin! My numbers have remained fantastic, amazing! I have reduced my long lasting insulin from 16-17 units twice a day to 9. I usually wake up in the morning below 6 (108)*! When I eat a meal, my sugars are usually below 7 (126) by 2 hours after the meal. I’ve lost some weight (15 lb). I have WAY more energy. My sense of “hungry” and “full” are back to normal. But I assure you, the diabetes tightened up first, then the weight came off.

    I don’t know how many others have wheat (grain) caused diabetes, but I am convinced that wheat is the cause of mine — and my weight issues, and my high blood pressure, and maybe even my acid reflux (hopefully).

    * As a Canadian, our blood meters read differently than the American meters (don’t know why). The difference factor is 18, so a 6 in Canadian is 108 American.

    • Dr. Davis

      Your story made my day, Bruce!

      You can see why I argue that, in the world of wheat, 2 + 2 = 11 –the effects are far more than you’d expect just judging by, say, calories.

      Keep up the momentum! Please keep us updated. Others really, really to hear your story.

    • WILL Barber

      Keep us updated Bruce.
      I am going through the very same thing. It is amazing how fast this works with diabetics. Dr. Davis should publish a book devoted to diabetes cure.
      All of this is working for me so far and I just started about one month ago.
      Amazing.

  14. WILL Barber

    I am so encouraged to read these posts on Diabetes Cured. Thank you Dr. William Davis.
    I am off of wheat products and have decreased my carb load every day.
    I have been off of sugar for quite a while; Agave now and then but I have trashed the bottles and will not miss.
    Also, don’t fill my plate as high any more.
    My last A1C reading in March was a discouraging 11.
    I have recently changed my Primary Care Provider (PCP) at the VA because he could care two hoots about my health. He was my PCP for 10 years and supposedly an expert in diabetes.
    I have been a diabetic since 1995. My lowest A1C was 7.
    I am going to fight this and get my A1C down to 6 and then 4 and then hopefully off of insulin or very low doses.
    I have quit taking fast acting insulin and still on Lantus every morning; 20 units.
    This morning my BS was 98.
    It is amazing how fast your body changes once you eliminate the wheat and other nasty carbs. Of course diabetics are good at monitoring what effect certain carbs have on our diet because we are constantly checking our Blood Sugars. We know what foods cause the spikes in our BS.
    Finally, I am so happy for this blog. It is so sad that our medical profession is so far behind on helping diabetics control their blood sugars. I remember looking at the American Diabetes Cookbook several years ago and thinking even then that these folks don’t get it; recipes with lots of sugar and flour and potatoes.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yup. Once you think it through, you see just how far off the conventional advice for diabetes truly is.

      Endocrinologists actively CAUSE diabetes. The American Diabetes Association diet INCREASES blood sugar. They rationalize this because the diet they advocate is low-fat and it minimizes hypoglycemia on drugs like insulin. This is how incredibly simpleminded they are.

      • Ruby

        I think Love you, , you made it incredibly simple for me the other day when you told me 10 net carbs a meal, Thank you !!! I am a great subscriber to the KISS theory. I had been all over the map, , after cutting out the wheat went down a lot of rabbit trails, . Cannot wait to see the results !
        2 days and already noticing the difference. I did have the best results, as far as losing the joint pain and acid reflux , cutting out wheat, but still had the belly, your answer to me personally was just what I needed.

        • Dr. Davis

          Well, I’m flattered, Ruby!

          Yes, once framed in the right way, the solutions can be so delightfully simple!

  15. WILL Barber

    Diabetic since 1996.
    This amazing. No bread or sugar anymore.
    My goal is to get my A1C down to 4-6.
    I am no longer take Fast Acting Insulin; just 25 units of Lantus every morning.
    I have restricted my carbs to about 10-12 per day and I feel great.
    I exercise for an hour every morning.
    My wakeup sugars have been 126-137.
    I remember a few months ago they were sometimes as high as 285.
    I have experimented with the Xylitol sweetener and it does not raise my BS at all. I checked one hour after sprinkling some in a fresh lemonade and no rise at all. In fact i put 3 packets in with the lemon juice.
    I see Bill O’Reilly is promoting your book based on his own outcome. So cool.
    I hope it adds to your sales.
    Oh, and I asked my PC doctor to include a test for how much insulin I am producing.
    My goal as I have posted before is to get off of insulin completely. I am working very hard to make this happen.
    Thanks again Dr. Davis for what you have done. I think you have started a wheat belly revolution.

    • Dr. Davis

      Hi, Will–

      Great start!

      Yes, this is a revolution. Just like the Revolution of 1776, it is throwing off the yoke of this thing that has controlled us, taxed us, and ruined our health. We seize back control over just about every aspect of health by ridding our lives of it.

  16. Steve

    At 45 BMI I tested positive for type 2, I was 40 years old. I immediately stopped eating added sugar, then I dieted to the tune of 45 lbs. I rebounded back 25 lbs, and steadied at 286lbs. I started testing negative for diabetes (without meds), and wondered how I could still be considered to be diabetic. People said that if you gain the weight back, you would show signs of diabetes, so your not cured. I started to think, if I had sore knees from being obese, would I still have sore knees if the symptoms disappeared from losing weight? After all, 30% or more people who have a BMI of 45+ would be diabetic also. So are 30% of the 12 % of the obese in our population also diabetic but are just not aware? More importantly, if by using the same fpg test that originally diagnosed my diabetes, I am found free of diabetes, why wouldn’t that result prove my diabetes has been ‘cured’? Do we believe the test only when it shows a positive? If a doctor cannot prove through testing that I am diabetic, why can I not claim I’m not diabetic? I know that diabetes without a diet cure will make industries money, and my life insurance premiums will be higher, but logic is logic. Time and time again, I test negative, and yes, if I gained enough weight, I would probably have diabetic symptoms, as would many others, so I have no weakness for diabetes, rather a weight vulnerable diabetic, like a good percentage of the population. Now I’ve since lost over 35 more lbs, and am on a healthetarian diet, and will get to <30 BMI soon, but I'm still a diabetic…

  17. Boundless

    > So why doesn’t anybody tell you that [Type II] diabetes is curable in the majority—with diet?

    Why indeed. Although most of of the discussion on WBB has been about T2 being 100% avoidable, often reversible, and arguably not really a “disease” at all, it turns out that I have a family anecdote about Type I, recalled by my spouse while we were discussing low carb diets.

    My mother-in-law, now deceased (at an advanced age), was diagnosed with diabetes as a toddler, and was nearly comatose at the time. This was the 1920s. We suspect they made the diagnosis on sugar spill-over or ketones in the urine, as blood sugar tests were probably not then routine. Insulin therapy (if we may call it that) was not then routine either.

    The family doctor put her on a strict and unusual diet. The list of prohibited foods included sugars, grains, fruits, etc., what we now call carbohydrates (not word she associated with the treatment). As her condition improved, she was a allowed one raisin a day, quartered, slowly increased to more. She apparently made a full recovery from the condition, did not even follow a life-long low-carb diet, and was not afflicted with diabetes (T1 or T2) later in life.

    How this doctor knew to try this is something of a mystery. We suspect he read a paper. During that period, keto was being used in experimental treatments for epilepsy and diabetes. My guess is that the arrival of insulin on the market caused the medical industry to ignore an apparent cheap sure cure, when expensive chronic treatment and side-effect management was available.

    • Dr. Davis

      Priceless, Boundless!

      That is indeed the treatment that was advocated pre-insulin. While the majority of children eventually succumbed to their disease, an occasional child experienced a complete remission, as it sounds your mother-in-law did.

      I suspect that these occasional cures are wheat-induced autoimmune pancreatitis, reversed by stopping wheat. After all, children with type 1 diabetes develop celiac disease at 10-20 times the rate of children without type 1 diabetes.

  18. Vicki

    Hello – I would really be interested in hearing other people’s experience with headaches/migraines and elimination of wheat. Please share….

  19. Vicki

    Dr. Davis – have you seen consistent reductions in migraine headaches with your patients? I have reduced my wheat over the past year to oats and the occasional spelt, but still struggle with migraines. Do you think completely eliminating wheat would make a huge improvement? I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks so much.

    • Dr. Davis

      I have seen many people experience improvement in migraines, though I have formally quantified what percentage obtain partial or complete benefit.

      There is no test to predict outcome . . . except to COMPLETELY give it up, including the spelt.

  20. Beth

    Spirulina and Chrorella clear diabetic neuropathy very nicely….I have tested it twice when I have had neuropathy in my thigh….both times cleared right up

  21. janna neel

    I have been following the wheat free receipes for over two weeks. I have gotten very bloated and constipated! I did start taking probiotics which is starting to help. But I do have another issue , I have type 2 diabetes, pretty well controlled on metformin. Since Ive gone wheat free my blood sugars have gone up?? I have stayed away from any other carbs besides the ones in the wheatbelly cookbook. Any suggestions, I don`t want to give up the diet but I might have too if the blood sugars don`t stablize!! Help

    • Dr. Davis

      Provided you are indulging in carbohydrates, Janna, the rise in blood sugars is most commonly due to the flood of fatty acids that develops normally from weight loss.

      In other words, as you lose tummy fat, the stored energy is released into the bloodstream as fatty acids and triglycerides, which block insulin and cause blood sugar to rise during weight loss. Once weight has plateaued, then blood sugars really start to drop.