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What causes your gluten intolerance/antibody reaction to gluten?

What causes your gluten intolerance/antibody reaction to gluten?

Unknown: There is a genetic subgroup of the population that was a higher tendency but it can happen to anyone. Why the immune system decides to react to gluten as if it were a germ is unclear. Why the antibodies it forms decides to attack the intestine or other tissues in some is also unclear, but similar to what occurs in rheumatic fever.

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Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


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Would going almost 18months eatinga gluten filled diet cause irreversible damage ina person with intolerance? Found out recentlyihad gluten intolerance

Would going almost 18months eatinga gluten filled diet cause irreversible damage ina person with intolerance? Found out recentlyihad gluten intolerance

Got celiac sprue?: "gluten intolerance" is loose term. Some people feel better cutting out foods containing gluten- grains, because they cut down on poorly digested carbohydrates, not because of lass gluten. True gluten disease needs a gluten free diet - for life. 18 months of a gluten filled diet won't cause irreversible damage.

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Can geographic tongue be caused by a gluten intolerance?

Can geographic tongue be caused by a gluten intolerance?

Yes: Migratory glossitis (geographic tongue) has been found in many people who suffer from celiac disease and other auto-immune disorders. It is not a definitive sign that one has problems with gluten, but the association is fairly high and gives reason for further testing and investigation.

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Can Celiac or Non Celiac Gluten intolerance cause mild inflammation of the ileum?

Can Celiac or Non Celiac Gluten intolerance cause mild inflammation of the ileum?

Yes: In case of celiac, even severe inflammation when exposed to gluten. The mechanism for non-celiac gluten intolerance remains unknown but if you have GI symptoms from ingesting gluten, one would presume that some inflammation is going. However such inflammation should not be present in the absence of gluten exposure.

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Can internal hemmoroids be caused by an undetected gluten intolerance? They are stage 2 internal hemmoroids.

Can internal hemmoroids be caused by an undetected gluten intolerance? They are stage 2 internal hemmoroids.

No: I have not heard or read anything about gluten allergies causing internal hemmorhoids. People with gluten allergy typically have problems with nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pains created by inflammation to the small intestine.

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Can gluten intolerance cause controversial things such as schizophrenia and neurological issues?

Can gluten intolerance cause controversial things such as schizophrenia and neurological issues?

Neuropathy possible: The neurological neuropathies may develop in gluten intolerance patients if not treated properly. Having. Schizophrenia may be coincidence.

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Gluten intolerance/celiac disease, can it cause me to miss periods?

Gluten intolerance/celiac disease, can it cause me to miss periods?

Not usually: No, not typically. If your celiac is very severe and out of control, this can result in severe iron deficiency anemia or malnutrition/underweight status. These could cause irregular periods.

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How can I know if my stomach problems are caused by gluten intolerance?

How can I know if my stomach problems are caused by gluten intolerance?

Start with testing: Simple blood tests can confirm or exclude gluten sensitivity. If the findings are negative, you can stop there and explore other possibilities. If positive, there is much variability in the problem and further tests may be needed to help management. Since other important disorders can be found in gluten sensitive patients, self diagnosis by avoiding gluten should not be considered safe.

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Can a thyroid condition cause a gluten intolerance or celiac disease? Can the thyroid cause any other food intolerances?

Can a thyroid condition cause a gluten intolerance or celiac disease? Can the thyroid cause any other food intolerances?

Association: Celiac sprue is an autoimmune disease. Those with celiac sprue are more likely to develop thyroiditis. Those who first present with thyroiditis are much less likely to get celiac sprue. If you have an over or under active thyroid then it might affect the way your digestive tract works. You could develop constipation, diarrhea, reflux. Different foods might bother you more if you suffer from this.

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I tried every single diet to get ride of my constipation, no use. At the same time I am gluten intolerant. What to do? Please help me

I tried every single diet to get ride of my constipation, no use. At the same time I am gluten intolerant. What to do? Please help me

Change in habits?: If your constipation represents a change from your usual bowel habits, lease see the doctor. This could be a symptom of colon cancer and should be checked out. If the constipation has been a long term problem, your doctor can counsel you about fluid intake and foods that may provide relief.

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Gluten free diet causes constipation, what should I do?

Gluten free diet causes constipation, what should I do?

Eat more veg: Eat more veggies and drink more warer. Goal of 25-35 grams of fiber a day.

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Am I gluten intolerant? I suffer from chronic constipation, anxiety, panic attacks, might be anemic, fatigue, and I feel sick after eating

Am I gluten intolerant? I suffer from chronic constipation, anxiety, panic attacks, might be anemic, fatigue, and I feel sick after eating

Not likely: Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy) has three of the following features: villous atrophy in small intestine; malabsorption, weight loss, or other signs of nutrient or vitamin deficiency. Symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss, bloody stool and rashes. Often runs in the family. Unlikely given symptoms you describe. Worth trying gluten free diet to see if you notice a difference in symptom

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Can gluten intolerance be hereditary?

Yes: The most common known way of having gluten intolerance is genetic predisposition. Over 90% of those with the disease can trace back to family members. Some have the gene but not the family member having it though an the new acquisition is of unsure origin.

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How do I know if I have gluten intolerance?

How do I know if I have gluten intolerance?

Lab testing: I would recommend seeing your primary doctor for an initial screen, which usually includes blood tests--you need to be on a regular diet (not gluten free) for the tests to work. Depending on the results of the blood tests, you may need a referral to a GI doctor.

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What should I do about my gluten intolerance?

Education: Improvement is based on gluten avoidance. You need to learn to scan the content info on foods you buy and visit websites that describe the gluten free lifestyle. Chance exposure will occur in some odd places, like gravies and other produce. Most beers and many other drinks may have gluten. As you educate yourself you will find substitute foods and many gluten free items. Life is OK but different

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Could you tell me what are gluten intolerance symptoms?

Could you tell me what are gluten intolerance symptoms?

Weight loss: If you are experiencing unexplained weight loss, gastrointestinal symptoms especially after having eaten gluten (usually in wheat), and even nerve problems (numbness, you should considered being tested for gluten intolerance. A simple blood test may provide the diagnosis (although not as definitive as an intestinal biospy) but you must be eating gluten for the test to be accurate.

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