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Diabetes, Coumadin & Paleo

By The Paleo Diet Team
January 7, 2010
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Is The Paleo Diet an option for someone with Type 1 Diabetes being treated with Coumadin?

Maelán Fontes' Response:

Yes, The Paleo Diet will work good for you. Indeed, in a previous issue of The Insider, we reported how The Paleo Diet influences the different pathways involved in the disorder.

There are several known factors of the western diet contributing to triggering Type 1 Diabetes:

  • Proteins found in cow's milk: Beta-Lactoglobulin, Bovine Insulin, Bovine Serum Albumin and Beta Casomorphin-7.
  • Proteins found in cereal grains: Gluten is a well known trigger of an autoimmune disease associated with T1D called Celiac Disease. A gluten-free diet led to improvement in insulin response during a glucose tolerance test.
  • Another factor at the root of almost all autoimmune diseases is increased intestinal permeability. Certain substances found in the typical western diet (lectins, saponins, gliadin, alcohol and capsaicin) may increase intestinal permeability.
  • Other factors such as diet's fatty acid composition or vitamin D deficiency contribute to the pathogenesis of T1D.

The Paleo Diet is free of all those harmful substances, being based on grass produced or free ranging meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Finally, a low glycemic load diet will help you to better control your blood glucose levels in the long run.

On the other hand, if you are taking Coumadin it shouldn't be a problem with The Paleo Diet unless you are consuming high amount of omega-3 or vitamin E supplements.

I hope this helps.
Maelán Fontes Villalba - MS Ph.D. candidate in Medical Sciences at Lund University, Sweden

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