diabetes type 1, Rheumatoid arthritis and post RNY

Answered on August 22, 2013
Created March 28, 2013 at 2:20 AM

I have been type 1 for 33 years. I wish I would have been Paleo in my youth. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 3+ years. I developed it the summer before I had the RNY. My sig-other and I went gluten free about 6 weeks ago and he feels good. My arthritis has been flaring up since December and I am thinking about going Paleo (the Enbrel has stopped working-which I hear is common with AI diseases). It seems like a lifestyle that makes sense. It will take some preparation but it the end I am hoping it is worth it.

Are there any others out there that have had some measurable success in management of their RA with this change? what websites do you trust? there seems to be s different set of protocols depending upon the author. any tips and tricks?

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on August 22, 2013
at 06:47 PM

I do not have RA but have had type 1 DM for 44 years. Prior to paleo my blood glucose (BG) levels were very erratic. For 26 years I have had something akin to chronic fatigue; fatigue, anxiety like symptoms without any attendant emotions, insomnia. On starting the paleo all these syymptoms disappeared. BG is very easy to control.

I'm responding to your question because I found that I had to adhere exactly to the paleo diet. Any deviation causes BG swings and fatigue, etc. I notice a lot of people don't follow the paleo exactly. They include rice or chocolate or something they love and don't want to give up. In order to see if the paleo will work in treating the RA you really need to adhere to it precisely for a few months to know for sure. Any deviation may throw the whole thing off.

If paleo works for RA then you can add a food in to see how you react. I have done that and found that the paleo diet as outlined in Dr. Cordain's book is what I have to stick to. Considering I started the diet as an elimination diet, not believing the paleo rationale, it has turned out to be spot on. Good luck. You have nothing to lose but your symptoms of RA.

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