I was told I have a gluten allergy which has completely taxed my immune system and causing a host of problems. I am a healthy eater and I take good care of myself. I had virtually no symptoms but a few of those listed (along with my recent diagnosis). I hear a lot of people complain of common symptoms like those listed below and I have to wonder with the statistics showing 1/114 people are gluten sensitive if this is not an epidemic that is not being diagnosed properly. The person that helped me with this diagnosis is in Langhorne, PA – www.advanced-nutrition.com. If it were not for this device that they use I would have no idea what was causing this imbalance in my body. Please read this article so you are informed and pass it on to others….
Natural News) Gluten Intolerance, also known as Celiac Disease, was once thought to be a rare genetic disorder until 2003 when it was discovered that it is, indeed, quite common. Where once gluten intolerance was thought to affect 1 in 4000 people it is now thought to affect 1 in 133 and researchers expect that number to drop even lower. Yet, even with this new discovery many people in America are going undiagnosed.
Celiac disease is an inherited disease of the digestive system that damages the villian the small intestine causing chronic inflammation rendering it unable to digest foods. Thevillienables food digestion. The damage to thevilliis caused by the protein gluten found in the following grains: wheat, rye, barely. Some gluten intolerant people are also sensitive to oats and millet. Many with gluten sensitivity are also allergic to milk.
When people with celiac disease eat grains that contain gluten their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine which, over time, causes malnutrition due to malabsorption of nutrients. Malabsorption can cause someone to appear anorexic, but also, obese.
I found that many of my patients who were obese and complained of hunger were actually hungry. Once they embarked on a gluten-free diet to heal the small intestine their hunger cravings subsided and they lost their excess weight. Being too thin or too heavy is just one of many reasons to be tested for gluten-intolerance.
Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance:
Gluten Intolerance can cause an array of symptoms. It affects each person differently. Common complaints are behavioral changes; bone or joint pain; fatigue; pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool; inability to gain weight; muscle cramps and muscle weakness; stomach problems; tingling and numbness in legs from nerve damage.
Reviews of celiac disease in the world’s leading independent general medical journalLancetlists the following known problems associated to gluten when celiac disease is not diagnosed:
· Alopecia (abnormal hair loss)
· Mouth sores
· Autoimmune diseases, glandular disorders or attacks on any organs are 10X more common in people with celiac
· Cancers (especially of the small bowel, lymphomas, esophageal)
· Dermatitis herpetiformis (a itchy skin rash)
· Elevated liver enzymes tests
· Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
· Gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, constipation)
· Infertility or miscarriage
· Irritable bowel syndrome
· Lactose intolerance
· Liver disease of unknown origin
· Malabsorption of nutrients & nutritional deficiency such as iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and fat soluble vitamins
· Neurological symptoms such as peripheral neuropathy, ataxia, epilepsy, cognitive dysfunction.
· Osteoporosis or osteopenia, check vitamin D level for malabsorption
Disease Linked to Celiac Disease:
People with celiac disease tend to have other autoimmune diseases. These diseases include epilepsy, thyroid disease, systemic lupus erythematosis, type 1 diabetes, vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome. A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis has sometimes been given when in fact the person had celiac disease. Gluten may be the underlying causes of these autoimmune disorders.
How is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?
Years ago the only way to diagnose celiac disease was with a small bowel biopsy but today it can be diagnosed with simple blood tests that measure antibodies to gluten. Antibodies are proteins that react against the body. Those with celiac disease have high levels of antibodies to gluten in their blood. For the test to be accurate you must continue to eat grains containing gluten until you are tested. If not, the test results may be negative even if have celiac disease.