As awareness about gluten has spread across the nation, we have received an influx of questions about Celiac Disease. The fact is less than 1% of the US population is known to suffer from Celiac, while it’s estimated that 10% or more suffer from a gluten sensitivity sometimes known as Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance or NCGI. (more…)
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It’s often a confusing and frustrating experience when your digestion, bowel movements, and general gastroeintestinal health seem to be delivering less-than-the-best results. The source of the discomfort and, in some cases, pain is hard to pinpoint on a truly independant basis.
Pain and discomfort could simply be caused by a lack of digestive fiber or an over-consumption of highly processed foods. It could also be caused by more intense and dangerous ailments such as Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, or even Cancer of the stomach, rectum, or colon. These are ailments that one cannot, and should not, try to self diagnose.
A new study that involved 141 adult subjects is contributing to the ongoing debate on whether a diet filled with glutens can lead to symptoms of Celiac Disease.
Published in the ACS Journal of Proteome Research, the study revealed that many of the people in the study did not in fact have Celiac Disease, but instead were showing the same distinctive metabolic makeup that people who suffer from Celiac Disease.
People who suffer from Celiac Disease are characterized as being unable to properly digesr a protein named gliadin, a part of gluten that can be found in wheat, rye, and barley. This autoimmune digestive condition can cause, diarrhea, bloating, and stomach pain. Oftentimes, Celiac Disease goes undiagnosed and steps to curtail its effects are never instituted.
A definitive diagnosis consists of a biopsy taken from the small intestine. There are currently over 3 million diagnosed cases in the Unites States. There is such a thing as a pisitive blood test, but a negative biopsy, meaning they are “potential” Celiac Disease patients, and are typically instructed to adhere to a gluten-free lifestyle.
Treatment usually begins with a total abstinence from foods containing glutens. The debate here is whether a gluten filled diet could accelerate the effects of Celiac Disease, all the way on up to full blown diagnosis.
It seems to be a novel idea to curtail gluten intake if the symptoms seem to be persistent. One take away from this study is that the sample size was relatively small at 141 subjects. Yes, it’s small, but contact your doctor if you think you are at risk for Celiac Disease, are experiencing symptoms, and if a gluten free diet might be right for you.
Happy Holidays and be in good health Brooklyn!