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Doctor insights on: Gluten Allergy Vs Celiac Disease

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What are the causes of celiac disease (gluten allergy)?

What are the causes of celiac disease (gluten allergy)?

Gluten sensitivity: There are hereditary factors involved, but in general, celiac disease is a sensitivity to gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, oats, rye and barley. ...Read more

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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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How do a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease differ?

How do a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease differ?

Autoimmune: Allergy is mediated by immunoglobulin e usually and doesnt damage the intestine wall. Celiac is a autoimmune disease where the antibodies attack the lining of the intestines and affect the absorption of food. Celiac can also lead to other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between celiac disease and gluten allergy?

Doctors, what is the difference between celiac disease and gluten allergy?

Sxs/mechanism: A true food allergy goes through the immune system and causes a sudden, potentially life threatening reaction (anaphylaxis) which includes hives, swelling, breathing sxs, GI sxs, heart sxs, nasal/eye sxs. This can be diagnosed by an allergist. Celiac is a different immune response to gluten in the gut. Symptoms can be more subtle (stomach sxs and others) and initial eval involves a blood test. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease? Are both hereditary?

What is the difference between a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease?  Are both hereditary?

Genetic component: Gluten sesitiviy and celiac disease are the same for all practical purposes. There is a hereditary component to the disease in that it requires the presence of hla dq 2 or 8 marker and these markers are inherited. Early exposure to gluten in infancy increases the risk of developing gluten sensitivity, so there is an enviornmenatal factor also in addition to genetic one. ...Read more

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I do not have celiac disease, or an allergy to gluten, but why do I feel so good when i avoid it?

We can not tell: But if you get loose fatty stools when you eat diet containing gluten, than you may have celia disease consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an allergy to gluten without having celiac disease? My cd test came back negative

Is it possible to have an allergy to gluten without having celiac disease? My cd test came back negative

Wheat allergy: It is possible to make allergic antibodies (ige) to wheat and gliadin. This would be called wheat allergy and not celiac disease (cd). Blood testing (rast) can diagnosing this problem. These is no accurate blood test for cd however, persons that show the presence of certain igg and IgA antibodies against deaminated gliadin or tissue transglutaminase are more likely to have cd. ...Read more

Dr. Scot Lewey
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Gluten Insensitivity (Definition)

Gluten intolerance (about 10% of people) may cause bloating, diarrhea, nonspecific complaints. Celiac disease, among its many manifestations may result in diarrhea. In the latter, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food--best & most enduring fix being ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In celiac disease, the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten-like proteins in rye and barley) resulting in damage to the small intestine. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Typically, people with celiac disease have loose stools, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, weight loss, poor weight gain ...Read more