#Obesity and #Diabetes Linked to #Leaky Gut

I just read this sentence in a report and had to pass it on as I am feeling smug!

Obesity and diabetes have been linked to leaky gut and new treatments that target this pathway are needed.

Enter the Barrier Plan. I thank you.

Personally, by following the trulyglutenfree Barrier Plan, I have lost over a stone where I couldn’t before (all that fluid retention from allergy and inflammation no doubt), and I have improved my PCOS [polycystic ovary syndrome] which is well-known to be linked to insulin control and is treated usually with diabetic drugs.

So, am I surprised at the link between weight gain, diabetes and leaky body barriers? Nope. But I bet a lot of people will be…

11 Replies to “#Obesity and #Diabetes Linked to #Leaky Gut”

  1. I can very much sympathise as I seem to have very similar problems to yourself. I have PCOS (amongst many other things) and struggled with dramatic weight gain and severe asthma as a result of hormonal imbalances, along with alopecia and the rest. I won’t bore you with other details, suffice to say that Metformin had normalised my hormones, determined dieting while taking the drugs had seen me lose 5 of 6 stone I had put on and I was doing well, until Metformin started to cause me to hyperventilate and severely aggravate my severe asthma, so I had to stop taking it, and inevitably put most of the weight back on 🙁 I had no cycle for 3 months and in desperation found a product called D-chiro-inositol. It is expensive at the moment costing £50/month, but after 2 weeks of taking it I had my first period in 4 months, and have had a 26 day and 27 day cycle since, (when I had periods it was on a reduced 21 day cycle) so for me at least, it seems to be helping, and I certainly feel better for it. I am hoping that as my hormones balance I will again find success in losing the weight, and regain control of my asthma.
    I have nothing to do with the company that supply it, I receive no commission (I wish! lol) But as someone who suffers, and who has spent hundreds on products that don’t work, it may be reassuring to other women who have been considering taking this product to know that it at least appears, in the short term, to be working for me. I thought you might be interested in looking into this further for your members. As you will know a low GI diet or low carb is necessary to lose weight with PCOS, due to the insulin link, so The Barrier Plan being both those things, is probably what is helping you to lose weight now.
    I genuinely wish you, (me!) and all fellow members continued improvement, weightloss and total healing.
    Keep up the good work

    1. What a lovely inspiring story, thank you Marie. And so glad you are doing so well! I did try D chiro inositol at one point but found I couldn’t take it which was rather frustrating. I have been on a low GL, gluten and dairy free diet for many years with no change in weight (much gnashing of teeth!) and it only dropped off after about 8 months after I gave up grains. Just suddenly. As I say I think a lot of mine was water retention from inflammation in the body caused by the gluten reaction. Seems too much of a coincidence not to be related somehow. Don’t care anyway – as long as it stays off, which is has so far at 14 months off grains.

      I will indeed keep up the good work, thanks for that. Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

      1. Thanks Micki, but sadly, not doing that well!
        I have severe allergies, and intolerances too many to list … anaphylaxis, brittle asthma, gut symptoms and suspected some kind of issue with gluten, B12, B9 & iron anaemias, exhausted all the time, amongst other symptoms 🙁 . Sick and tired of being sick and tired, but at least my PCOS is starting to improve again, lol. Plus supplementation is helping to improve the exhaustion. I have found the NHS B12 suggested daily dosage to be way too low. Experimentation has given me a daily dose of 2500 ugs, after a year this brought my level up from 123 to 444, still less than half the 900 it should be but my migraines seemed to have stopped.
        I hope you will be encouraged that despite the fact I am having ‘a severe relapse’ doing a self-devised plan extremely similar to yours from 1989 to 1998 I got myself really well, off all medications, not even a sniffle for over 2 years. The only difference really was that in 1994 I discovered Spelt, I seemed to be able to cope with true 100% old grain Spelt, in moderation, I think as its gluten is easier to digest breaking down more readily, do you have any theories about this? I struggle with rice as well so I was interested to read about Lectins.
        You have helped to remind me how I got well before, and I’m sure I will do it again!
        Thanks for your help.

      2. That sounds encouraging – if you did it before, you can do it again! It shows you have to stick to it though. It’s a classic thing that people tend to feel better and then feel they can add stuff back in. You probably can some of them but not the grains if you are gluten sensitive; it isn’t a standard intolerance. I would assume the spelt going back in caused some damage somewhere – you may not feel a symptom but you can bet it’s affecting the barriers and therefore your allergies, inflammation, malabsorption and immunity issues at least.

        My view from what you’ve said would be to confirm a gluten illness with the gene test and then act on it by removal of all grains if positive and follow the plan to give yourself the best chance of healing for good. It will take time as you know. How long did it take you to pick up last time, out of interest?

        With your spelt question: gluten is gluten is gluten; it doesn’t matter how old it is. It’s not GM and very heavy like modern wheat, but if you think we can react to a tiny amount of, say, corn used in processing a supplement, spelt is not going to do you any favours no matter how old it is! It’s still a grain which we only started eating very very recently in evolutionary terms.

      3. Micki,
        Thanks for getting back to me.
        To answer your question, I think it took about 3 years to be well enough to work full time, though it was still hard going (I would have to go to bed when I got home) and another 3 years to be really well and off all medication. But yes indeed, I am living testament that it can be done, if I had a pound for every time doctors told my parents to plan my funeral … one Dr told me I shouldn’t be alive, let alone conscious and speaking to him! So, I am a very serious case, and I wouldn’t expect most others to have such a battle. My issues all started after being forced to have vaccinations.
        My point with “old grain spelt” is that some spelt has been cross bred with newer wheat species and therefore not true spelt and that would be as you say “gluten is gluten”. However, old original spelt favoured by the Romans (triticum speltum), contains gluten which, by my understanding has a completely different make-up to modern gluten; spelt gluten being water soluble and as such our bodies don’t have to do anything to digest it, whereas modern wheat gluten requires enzymes to break it down, and I certainly found that I didn’t look 8 months pregnant after eating spelt, unlike wheat! All that said, you may well be right about spelt, I certainly do have inflammation, malabsorption and immune issues, as you rightly pointed out. I am currently waiting for another blood test for gluten, amongst other things, the results are held up by the jubilee 🙂 so hopefully I’ll know wednesday. Unfortunately, there is no way I could afford a DNA test. So we’ll see what next week brings …
        I actually went off the diet not through complacency, but for more complicated reasons. I caught a pneumonia like bug, and became seriously ill, reliant on others to cook my meals it was nearly impossible to stick to such a rigid diet (though they try). Plus, there are also the dreaded words “new recipe” or “new and improved”, which invariably mean that something that I could previously eat now contains an additive that I cannot have, often Xanthan gum. Doctors (rightly or wrongly), told me that I had to start eating small quantities of other foods previously avoided in order to have some variety and at least a vague attempt at a balanced diet! How ironic it would be if that has been the catalyst of me going so far downhill again! Plus despite having been diagnosed in hospital with multiple allergies and chemical sensitivities (an expression I had never heard before that) a more recent specialist (who saw me for 15 minutes) stated that in his experience patients who claim such things usually have a mental disorder (don’t worry I didn’t punch him) though I did ask if he knew the Professor who had diagnosed me (incidentally, after seeing my reactions in hospital over several weeks)? He did, and when asked would he like to tell him that his diagnosis was ‘mental’ he backtracked – until he wrote to my GP! Anyway…
        I am starting to feel more positive about things, frustrated to have to do it again, but at least I know that I can. And you can too. (Hope I haven’t depressed you too much)

      4. Just thought I ought to clarify. The Specialist didn’t tell my GP I had mental problems (he did qualify his remark saying ‘usually’ but didn’t mean me). He just changed many things that he had said to me, and said that he didn’t believe in ‘chemical sensitivities’ -and yet my other consultant tells me off if I refer to my ‘aspirin allergy’ and says that it is a chemical sensitivity to acetyl salicylic acid!
        Also, I noted your hayfever post and it reminded me that the basis of my eating programme was, The Hay System of Food Combining For Health. In the book he claims that when your body has healed you will be able to stick your head into a meadow of flowers without even a sneeze – and baring in mind my allergies run from January to December starting with trees, moving through flowers, grass, weeds and onto moulds I guess it must have worked. Might be worth a look.

      5. Blimey, Marie, you’ve had a rotten time of it and, no, I am not depressed at all! It does always seem like two steps forward and 1.5 steps back, doesn’t it?

        Interesting comments about the spelt – I am sure that would help if you had a malabsorption problem with gluten, but it would make no odds in my view if it were true gluten sensitivity. It is indeed ironic that you probably went down hill from well-meaning instructions to expand your diet. I am certainly glad you didn’t punch that so-called specialist: I’m not sure I would have shown him the same restraint.

        I also understand where you’re coming from with the xanthan gum issue. Michelle on foodsmatter.com has been writing about that recently too. It is a real pain in the backside, of course, because it is mostly derived from corn, second only in gluten amount to wheat.

        Anyway, get back onto your diet horse – I remember that book from my Holland & Barrett days when it was quite a revolutionary book that caused quite a stir – go a bit further by using the diet plan and removing those lectins to give yourself the best chance possible to heal. And don’t forget, we are here to help you through – perhaps become a member and chat on the forum, ask me your questions there and get all the resources to back it all up. Might be a good idea to look at the helminth therapy to speed yourself along too: there has been a lot if success stories with that for severe cases. Have a read.

        Good luck, we are rooting for you!

      6. Hi Micki,
        I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for your help and support, and hopefully encourage others. I have been grain free for about a week and I’ve lost 6lbs – without dieting!! (2 stone to go) I feel better, but I assume because of detox my asthma is even worse with my neb only lasting 2.5-3.5 hours, and yet somehow, in between, although very weak – I feel better!
        My blood test came back deficient in B9 & iron, but finally after 5 years of supplementing my B12 is now normal, so anaemia is why I’m so exhausted, but I tested -ve for coeliac, though in fairness to my Dr he said to try going gluten free for at least 6 weeks and see if my symptoms improve.
        The bloating is so much better, my mum commented how the swelling in my legs has gone, but I notice I have the beginnings of a waist again, lol and I don’t feel like Nigel Benn is doing a workout inside my intestines 🙂 I do feel a bit foggy and have had a few headaches, but nothing compared to the migraines I used to get when B12 deficient. My tongue is nowhere near as swollen or sore and my gums seem to be improving too. Plus I haven’t been awake with leg cramps and bone pain the last 2 nights. At the risk of being a bit indelicate, my food isn’t going straight through me, and I owe the plumber an apology, because the toilet now flushes! :O
        I hope this encourages someone, who like me was at the end of their tether. I am amazed at the weird variety of symptoms that I would never have linked to grains. I am sincerely hoping that my PCOS will improve so that I can get off Metformin all together, not to mention all the antacids, and asthma and allergy medication.
        I would wholeheartedly recommend your site, and say to anyone thinking of becoming a member – DO! I pray we’re all back to full health very soon.

      7. Hey, well done you, Marie and thanks for coming back and letting us know how you’re getting on. It’s truly amazing what happens when you start to remove the grains, isn’t it! My PCOS is miles better so it should improve but that one will probably take time. Thanks for your recommendation. I have just changed the membership now so that people can get all of the Barrier Plan documents in one go and we can all chat together on here instead of hidden away in a forum – much more inclusive! Keep in touch and good luck with your second week. The weight loss will probably slow once the water we hold onto due to allergy goes down but will continue at a steady, maintainable pace, usually. Keep it up!

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