Someone with a non-celiac gluten sensitivity has symptoms like bloating and diarrhea when they eat gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease have similar symptoms, but a gluten sensitivity will not cause the intestinal damage associated with celiac disease.
The terms gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance are used interchangeably. Medically speaking, “gluten sensitivity” is more accurate.
There is no test for gluten sensitivity. Instead, doctors test for other things, like celiac disease and allergies. If your test results are negative for everything else, they then diagnose you with a gluten sensitivity.
Doctors test for other things first, like celiac disease and allergies, and rule them out before diagnosing you with a gluten sensitivity/gluten intolerance. There is no single test for gluten sensitivity.
Common symptoms include bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, headache, brain fog, joint pain, neuropathy, fatigue, skin problems, and depression. View a more complete list of symptoms.
Someone with a gluten sensitivity may feel bloated or sick after eating. They may experience frequent diarrhea or constipation, and may be tired often. These are the most common symptoms, but each person is unique.
There is no cure for gluten sensitivity. The only treatment is a gluten-free diet. However, a recent study suggests gluten sensitivity may not be a permanent condition.
People with a gluten sensitivity feel better on the gluten-free diet. However, this condition can only be diagnosed after ruling out similar issues like celiac disease, IBS, IBD, and a wheat allergy. Talk to your doctor about getting tested.
Your doctor will rule out similar conditions like celiac disease, IBS, IBD, and a wheat allergy before diagnosing you with a gluten sensitivity.
The cause is currently unknown. More research is needed into this condition.
Exact numbers are unknown, but estimates range from 0.5%–6% of the population. More research is needed on non-celiac gluten sensitivity.