Can Gluten Intolerance Treatment Prevent Diabetes?

HealthNOW Medical Center Offers a Unique Treatment for Those who are Genetically Predisposed to Diabetes


SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA–(Marketwire – Oct. 21, 2011) - Genetic predisposition is thought to be a major contributing factor to developing type 1 diabetes. But studies show that gluten intolerance, an umbrella term that includes gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, could outweigh the genetic influence and possibly prevent the disease.

In the most recent study, published in August of this year and conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge and The London School of Medicine, nearly 20,000 tissue samples were analyzed for genetic similarities between celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. The researchers found strong genetic similarities, causing them to wonder whether diabetes and celiac might have the same environmental trigger.

This was not the first study that examined this relationship. In fact, researchers involved in an earlier study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, raised the possibility that gluten consumption may actually cause Type 1 Diabetes.

What is the connection?

According to Dr. Vikki Petersen, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, author of the groundbreaking book “The Gluten Effect” and co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center, the link is a ‘leaky gut’ along with an unhealthy probiotics population in the intestine, two of the most common secondary effects of gluten intolerance.

“Leaky gut is a condition wherein the spaces between the cells of the small intestine open too wide. This causes the intestinal lining to become too permeable to do a vital job – prevent the passage of bacteria, parasites and other disease-causing organisms out into the blood stream and the rest of the body,” said Dr. Petersen.

“A leaky gut not only compromises your ability to digest and absorb nutrients, it also puts tremendous stress on the immune system, thereby causing it to malfunction,” she said. “Your immune system is supposed to attack ‘bad guys’ like bacteria and cancer cells, not your own organs. But, unfortunately, that is exactly what occurs in autoimmune diseases in general, and especially in type 1 diabetes.”

In fact, strong evidence of a relationship between the effects of gluten intolerance, a leaky gut, and diabetes was established some time ago, although it has been virtually ignored by traditional medicine.

The research that brought the relationship to light was performed several years ago by Dr Alessio Fasano from the University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research. Dr. Fasano conducted research on rats that had been intentionally inbred to develop Type 1 Diabetes. When he gave the rats a substance that prevented a leaky gut from developing, two-thirds of the rats failed to develop diabetes.

“When you put Dr. Fasano’s findings together with the most recent study, it seems likely that a leaky gut is a factor in the development of diabetes. Considering that gluten is a known initiator of a leaky gut in susceptible individuals, it also appears compelling that diagnosis and effective treatment of gluten intolerance, including resolving a leaky gut, can perhaps ‘trump’ genetic predisposition. This is exciting data and we see such types of successes in our clinic,” Dr. Petersen said.

Dr. Petersen has written an e-book entitled “Gluten Intolerance: What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You“. She is offering it free of charge to help the millions of people currently suffering from undiagnosed and untreated gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.

To find out more about diabetes and its relationship to gluten intolerance and leaky gut, or to find out how to get tested for any of these conditions, visit HealthNOW Medical Center. You can set up a free consultation with the doctor, and also download a free copy of Dr. Petersen’s e-book on gluten intolerance.

About HealthNOW Medical Center

HealthNOW is a unique medical clinic in Sunnyvale, California that combines the best of internal medicine, clinical nutrition, naturopathy, physical therapy and chiropractic. The team of doctors from these disciplines proactively work together to resolve patients’ unique health problems and conditions. What really sets this medical center apart from most medical clinics highlights a very unfortunate fact about the medical industry, its emphasis on treating symptoms. HealthNOW is about what every medical clinic in the world should be: finding and fixing the root cause of health problems.

HealthNOW takes pride in being able to wean patients off drugs successfully by identifying the actual root cause of the problem. While dietary and nutritional factors are often causative agents, other contributing factors are identified and personalized for each patient through specialized lab tests to achieve a successful result. HealthNOW Medical Center treats patients from around the country as well as internationally. They created a Destination Clinic to cater to the needs of those visiting from out of state or out of the country.

Dr. Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN is co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center and the author of “The Gluten Effect”. She has been featured in national magazines, international medical journals and is a frequent headlined speaker. She regularly blogs at Everyday Health,, Celiac Central and HealthNOW.


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