The Truth About Gluten Free Diets from West Coast Authority, Registered Dietitian Dr Susan Algert

Do You Benefit From a Gluten-Free Diet?

Are you gluten sensitive? Have you been diagnosed with celiac disease (CD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or, do you suffer from a newly emerging disorder known as non celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)? A recent study has shown that many people with NCGS are wrongly diagnosed with CD. NCGS patients tend to develop symptoms at an earlier age although CD patients have more severe symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss, or nutrient deficiencies.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has also recently been shown to improve on a gluten free diet. IBD causes destructive inflammation of the intestine and is different from IBS and NCGS. Testing a gluten free diet in IBD patients is also safe and potentially highly effective.

Celiac, IBD, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity & More

Will you benefit from a gluten free diet if you do not have CD, NCGS, IBS or IBD. First of all, consult your physician to be tested to receive a correct diagnosis. Possibly up to 6% of of the population may have NCGS although it is a heterogeneous group with many subgroups each characterized by a different cause, history and response to the gluten free diet.

In fact, many people initiate a GFD without adequate exclusion of CD, up to 44% of people in one study. Alternative health practitioners , dietitians, and general health practitioners also often prescribe a gluten free diet to patients with digestive symptoms, In 1 in 4 patients, response to a GFD is variable and symptoms are poorly controlled despite good compliance. Sixty five  percent identified other food intolerances. Once again, consult your physician for an accurate diagnosis of your digestive disorder.

Get The Help You Deserve

Are FODMAPS really causing your digestive problems? Are FODMAPS a culprit component of non celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)—is the problem causing your symptoms wheat and not the protein in wheat ( gluten)? NCGS may be caused by improper immune responses, intolerances to poorly digestible and fermentable substances in wheat or combination of these. What is the FODMAP diet and is it really the diet you should be trying to feel better rather than going GF?

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