What is gluten intolerance?
With all the talk of gluten-free diets, it’s easy to attribute your headaches, fatigue, and gastrointestinal issues to eating gluten: a set of glue-like proteins found in grains. One in 133 people cannot consume gluten because of celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder, according to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. But only one in 56 people with celiac disease-related symptoms actually have it. It’s more likely that gluten intolerance symptoms may actually be the result of another food intolerance or digestive disorder. While some scientists have acknowledged the existence of a form of non-celiac gluten intolerance, such a disorder has not yet been widely accepted, and even the scientist who originally proposed gluten sensitivity can’t pinpoint a cause for the condition, Forbes.com reported. If you think you have a gluten sensitivity, check out the conditions below and talk to your doctor before you start cutting whole-grain carbs out of your life for no good reason. These are the 11 most common celiac disease symptoms.
First, consider getting tested to rule out celiac disease
Celiac disease symptoms include gas, bloating, weight loss, and exhaustion, according to WebMD. If one of her clients complains of one or more of these, Chicago-based registered dietitian Renee Clerkin recommends doing an official test (if they haven’t already completed one). The immune response to gluten in celiac patients produces antibodies that damage the interior of the small intestine, which affects a patient’s ability to absorb nutrients from food and can affect the risk for serious health issues if left untreated. Patients receive a blood test soon after they’ve eaten gluten to detect these antibodies; a doctor confirms a diagnosis with a biopsy to make sure the antibodies are present. If you’re diagnosed with celiac disease, the only current treatment is to stick to a completely gluten-free diet. If you’re not diagnosed with celiac disease, consider whether one of the following health problems might be to blame for gluten intolerance-like symptoms.