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?
According to Dr. Bernstein, there are 3 kinds of Beta cells. Living, dying and dead. High blood sugar is also toxic to betas. Whatever you can do to bring your BS down to normal, short of using diabetic drugs, will help. With a high fat/moderate protein/low carb diet, some exercise, supplements that promote fat burning instead of sugar burning and lessen sugar glycation, Acetyl L Carnitine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Benfothiamine, Biotin, American Ginseng...great. Go gluten free, eat coconut oil to help heal your guts and probiotics. If we can preserve your Betas we can keep you from slipping into type 2. Rest your Betas by keeping normal...83 fasting and never over 120-130 after meals and you can keep the diabetes wolf from your door indefinitely. Keeping inflammation low and using herbal anti inflams like Tumeric, ginger, white willow, Omega 3's will help with the auto immune response. It is not too late for you by any means. Please have your C Peptide and your Insulin auto immunity checked.
I (did) use a UK based low-carb diabetic forum (there seems to be some politics over it atm...) and one of the former members has successfully "cured"/reversed her type 2 diabetes.
She has had more than one oral glucose tolerance test and has normal, non-diabetic figures even when she includes carbs in her diet.
You can read her story here: http://www.lowcarbdiabetic.co.uk/My%20Friends%20Stories.htm (Karen).
I'm off to pick my children up from nursery now, but you may be interested in the work of Prof. Roy Taylor (he was my diabetes consultant when I lived in Newcastle Upon Tyne). http://www.ncl.ac.uk/biomedicine/research/groups/profile/roy.taylor#tab_profile
Research not done on LC/paleo, but it's promising!
There is certainly hope for us :-)