• More To Gluten Sensitivity Than Coeliac Disease

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    What is coeliac disease? I havent encounterd such a word. Some studies was conducted to furthur know what this Coliac diseas is. It is an autoimmune condition an allergy or an intolerance to gluten. This is where the immune system – the body's defence against infection – mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. This damages the surface of the small bowel, disrupting the body's ability to absorb nutrients from food. Below are the studies and results they encountered.

    In a small but well conducted study, researchers looked at 59 patients who weren’t diagnosed with coeliac disease or a wheat allergy but who believed gluten-containing food was causing them intestinal problems. Half were randomly given either less than 5 grams of gluten or a placebo of rice starch in pill form. After a week the participants switched pills.

    After only one week, those who were taking the gluten pills reported a significant difference in symptoms compared to those who took non-gluten placebo pills. On top of intestinal pains, they felt abdominal bloating, a foggy mind, depression, and stomach ulcers..

    Gluten sensitivity – a spectrum

    Increasingly, gluten sensitivity is being seen part of a broad spectrum, with coeliac disease on one end and mild gluten sensitivity on the other. Many people fall somewhere in the middle, testing negative through traditional blood tests for coeliac disease, but still experiencing silent inflammation and other harmful effects from eating wheat.

    In medicine, this condition is now being called Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity, or NCGS, which refers to patients who have gluten-related symptoms but not celiac disease or wheat allergy.

    The symptoms may appear anywhere from hours to days after ingesting gluten. NCGS patients may have GI and/or non-GI symptoms, and even though doctors may not yet agree about possible gluten sensitivity, these individuals usually improve on a gluten-free diet.

    Scientists are also developing educational materials for standardized medical training to raise awareness among health care providers. The hope is that increased understanding and awareness will lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease.

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