When did gluten become such a hot topic? Gluten free options are flooding restaurants and grocery store shelves. There are debates about who should or shouldn't have gluten, whether or not you can be sensitive to gluten or if gluten intolerance is the only legitimate concern. The bottom line is how does gluten make you feel?
Gluten intolerance, or Celiac disease, is an autoimmune response in the small intestine to eating gluten. Symptoms of gluten intolerance are diarrhea, bloating, weight loss and anemia. Avoiding gluten decreases symptoms and inflammation for those with gluten intolerance.
For a long time doctors felt like if you didn't have Celiac’s disease then there was no reason for gluten to bother you, but new studies show that may not be true. There are people who experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating and fatigue after eating gluten but have never tested positive for Celiac disease. Until recently these people were often told that their symptoms were not valid and that there wasn't any such thing as gluten sensitivity.
Again, the bottom line is how does gluten make you feel? If you feel like you are sensitive to or intolerant of gluten then stick with your gut and avoid it. It is important to talk with your doctor about your symptoms and test for the cause. There are blood tests for Celiac disease but depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor might suggest other testing such as a colonoscopy. Non Celiac gluten sensitivity should be taken seriously and treated appropriately. No one knows your body and symptoms like you do, so talk with your gastroenterologist about your concerns. The doctors at Associates In Digestive Health are committed to helping you live your most healthy life. Make an appointment with us today!