The Truth About Gluten-Free Diets

Would you benefit from following 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

Would you benefit from a gluten free diet if you do not have CD, NCGS, IBS or IBD? Consult your physician to be tested in order to receive a correct diagnosis. Up to 6% of the general population may have NCGS although there are many subgroups 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.  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.