What condition requires gluten free diet?
Probably the most well-known disease that requires a gluten-free diet is celiac disease. Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. The exact cause of celiac disease is not clear, but it known to have a genetic (inherited) component.
What is gluten and why would a person have to be on a gluten free diet?
A diet without gluten is used to help alleviate symptoms of celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that affects nutrient absorption and prevents the digestion of gluten. Now many people are going gluten free despite not having this or other similar health conditions that necessitate eliminating gluten.
What are the symptoms of needing a gluten free diet?
Common symptoms of gluten intolerance may include:
- Constipation or diarrhea.
- Excessive bloating.
- Joint pain.
- Stomach ache.
- Unexplained mood changes.
- Lack of ability to think clearly (sometimes called “brain fog”)
Does gluten make you itchy?
It’s not unusual for a true allergic reaction to result in a skin rash, so it makes some intuitive sense to call dermatitis herpetiformis a “gluten allergy,” as it causes a remarkably itchy, persistent rash.
How do you test for gluten intolerance?
In the diagnosis process, your doctor will most likely start with a blood test, such as tTG-IgA. If one of those tests indicates the possibility of celiac disease, you doctor might perform an endoscopy to view your small intestine and take a biopsy for analysis before having you make dietary changes.
How can you tell the difference between celiac and gluten intolerance?
When a celiac person ingests gluten, his or her immune system will attack against its own body’s tissue. Whereas, if a person is gluten intolerant, the consumption of gluten will cause short-term bloating and belly pain. Unlike celiac disease, gluten intolerance doesn’t usually cause long-term harm to the body.
Can a blood test show gluten intolerance?
Testing. A simple blood test is available to test for celiac disease. People with celiac disease who eat gluten have higher than normal levels of certain antibodies in their blood. These antibodies are produced by the immune system because it views gluten (the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley) as a threat.
How do I know if I have gluten or lactose intolerance?
Bloating, stomach cramps, leaky gut syndrome, acid reflux, skin problems, nausea and diarrhoea are all symptoms of dairy intolerance and are shared symptoms with coeliac. Other signs of gluten intolerance include infertility, hormone imbalance, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression.