Diabetes highs and lows…

By BE Gluten Free | Living Gluten Free with Diabetes

Mar 30

Most days, I don’t mind having Diabetes. Having lost a parent and two grandparents to other more serious diseases, I often thank my blessings that Diabetes is a disease that is manageable and ‘liveable’. In fact, in college, Diabetes even gave me the opportunity to work as a counselor at a summer camp for young kids with Diabetes in need of ‘real models’. But, some days….

Yesterday, I spent the day on the road. Straight from work to a meeting to another meeting to another…well, you get the idea. As a result, I had no time for a healthy, sit down meal. And, as is often my fashion, I did not exactly plan for a meal-on-the-run day. But, Diabetics must eat, and drive thru presented itself as the most stress-free option. I hit up a drive thru at a local fast food restaurant and raced off to my next – you guessed it! – meeting.
By the time I got home last evening, my blood count was – as expected – high. Not a sign of imminent danger, but a crushing head ache and slight bout of crabbiness sent me straight to bed after doing some insulin and chugging a very large glass of water. And this, naturally, resulted in several late night trips out of bed!

This morning, I got up early, bound and determined to never feel the fast food crash again. I packed a lunch, ate a breakfast at home, and am feeling much better. Now, after lunch, my blood counts have been normal all day, and I am ready to face the rest of the day.

I am sure that I will have another meeting day, which will certainly result in a change in my eating habits. But, as I strive to eat gluten free and healthy, I find myself more and more determined to plan ahead in the hopes of preventing the side effects of gluten and high blood counts.

– Heather Finholm

About the Author

Classically trained in Biology and Genetics at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Biological Sciences campus. Gluten free for more than 5 years.