I curently have T2 diabetes but I realize that I could also be T1.5 -- i.e., LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults), an autoimmune disease just like T1 diabetes. About 20% of all T2 diabetics are supposedly suffering from LADA, which eventually leads to insulin dependency. By adopting a strict Paleo diet (gluten-, dairy-, legume-, casein-free), is it possible that you can stave off the destruction of your pancreatic beta cells?
You rarely read about gluten-free diets or gut permeability in diabetes literature. And strictly speaking, only T1 and T1.5 diabetes are supposed to be autoimmune. If that's the case, then those who are already T1 probably have had their beta cells pretty much burnt out. So a dietary internvention (such as strict Paleo) would be too late to "preserve" any beta cells, since they would have already been subject to autoimmune attacks.
But how about in the case of a yet-to-be diagnosed diabetic? That is, a T2 diabetic who hasn't yet tested positive for T1 antibodies (GAD, islet cell). Is it possible that you can prevent the beta cells from being attacked?
I hear about those with other autoimmune issues (ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, crohn's, etc.) pushing their diseases into remission. But never about preserving your beta-cell functionality in a diabetic suffering from an autoimmune form of diabetes.
Can sealing your "leaky gut" stop the progressive destruction of pancreatic beta cells? If not, why not, as other autoimmune diseases seem to become asymptomatic once the gut issue is resolved. Anyone?