What is Gluten Allergy and Celiac Disease?

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April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness month. One of the conditions associated in some people with IBS is Gluten allergy. It is a highly under-diagnosed condition, therefore worth spreading public awareness about it. Gluten is a Protein, which can be found in Wheat, Barley, and Rye. The disease associated with gluten intolerance or allergy is called Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an inflammatory condition of the small intestine that affects some people with genetic predisposition. The inflammation damages the mucosa of the small intestine, which results in a lot of the symptoms and deficiencies associated with gluten allergy. About a third of Caucasians are genetically predisposed to Celiac disease, but not all of them get Celiac disease. Usually avoidance and exclusion of Gluten resolves symptoms of Celiac disease. Women are twice as likely to be affected and diagnosed with Celiac disease than men. Some autoimmune conditions like Type-1 Diabetes, Sjogern’s disease, lupus, thyroid disease and some adrenal diseases (Addison’s disease) are also associated with Celiac disease. People who have Down’s syndrome also have a high chance of having Celiac disease. People classically present with symptoms of diarrhea, weight loss, iron deficiency anemia, lactose intolerance, frequent constipation, severe abdominal pain and obstruction, vomiting, and infertility. Chronic gluten intolerance results in osteoporosis and iron deficiency anemia mainly due to poor absorption of

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2 Comments

  1. Ruinous

    You likely eat too much meat and? dairy products.Cut back all dairy to a minimum and limit animal meat intake to fish and eggs occasionally. Your MD will prescribe you a drug that while in fact cause other problems, so try limiting those food sources for a while and see how your cycles from there. Also, get an iron supplement as you won’t be eating enough meat to obtain the amount you need to become sufficient.

  2. kalkeikuu

    Wish my MD would listen to me and find the root cause of my? iron def. anemia. I suspect its gasro intestinal related, plus I have heavy mentrual cycles. Now I have to scrape up money to see a naturopathic doctor since my MD don’t care to help me.

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