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Gluten Intolerance: Signs, Testing & Treatment

What is Gluten Intolerance? 

Gluten intolerance, more accurately described as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, is a condition that occurs in individuals who are unable to tolerate gluten.

They experience symptoms similar to those associated with celiac disease without the intestinal autoimmune damage.

If you have been suffering from symptoms that seem related to gluten, it may be possible that you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity also known as gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance.

Signs & Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance:

  1. Bloating, gas or abdominal pain
  2. Diarrhea or constipation
  3. Nausea
  4. Headache
  5. Brain fog
  6. Joint pain
  7. Neuropathy
  8. Fatigue
  9. Abdominal Pain
  10. Skin Problems
  11. Depression
  12. Anemia

Before going gluten-free, complete our celiac disease symptoms checklist and share the results with your doctor.

Testing for Gluten Intolerance: 

It is important to distinguish between celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, also known as gluten intolerance. According to a 2017 study, a lab test should be run prior to going gluten-free to ensure an appropriate diagnosis for long-term management. If your celiac disease test is negative but you still have symptoms, you may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (gluten intolerance).

In matters of emerging conditions like non-celiac gluten sensitivity (gluten intolerance), it’s best to go directly to the physicians and scientists on the front lines of investigation.

Currently, there are no recommended methods to test for non-celiac gluten sensitivity (gluten intolerance). Some doctors offer saliva, blood or stool testing. However, these tests have not been validated and are therefore not accepted.

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (gluten intolerance) is diagnosed by a process of exclusion. Experts recommend that you first get tested for a wheat allergy and for celiac disease. If both of those are negative, then your doctor may recommend a gluten elimination diet. If symptoms improve on a gluten-free diet, then you likely have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

It is very important that a knowledgeable physician oversee this entire process, which can help to omit patients from self-diagnosing themselves and to reduce the likelihood of a placebo effect occurring during the dietary intervention.

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