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Medicine For Gluten Insensitivity
Intolerance or more?: 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 to avoid eating gluten. ...Read more
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
Avoid gluten: 6 percent of the u.S population has gluten sensitivity. 1 percent has celiac. There is no objective test to prove gluten sensitivity. If one cuts out gluten, they should feel fine if he or she is gluten sensitive. Celiac on the other hand can be confirmed by endoscopy and/or blood tests. If you have any suspicion of this you should see a doctor. ...Read more
Md suggested gluten free diet d/t unexplained sx. If I have gluten insensitivity, how soon after eliminating gluten should I notice a difference?
It depends: On how sick you are. Few weeks I woukd estimate. Be very strict. ...Read more
Gluten sensativity: Physicians usually refer to this as gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Its not a true allergy. Many use this term incorrectly. Historically this term has referred to celiac disease which is a condition that results in abdominal pain, bloating, changes in stools, weight loss, fatigue, and weakness when someone with this problem consumes foods with gluten. ...Read more
Gluten sensitivity: Gluten sensitivity or celiac disease is the term describing a GI condition in which the individual is sensitive to gluten, which is present in wheat products. Fortunately now there are more and more products that do not contain gluten, so having a gluten free diet is not as difficult as it once was. ...Read more
Unrelated: Candida is a common yeast/fungus found in the GI tract and can be a complication of using inhaled steroids for treating asthma. Also can be a cause of vaginitis after treatment with antibiotics. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains that in susceptible people is not digested leading to diarrhea. This is celiac disease and treated by eliminating gluten from the diet. ...Read more
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dieting gluten free if you don't have gluten allergy?
Only disadvantages: If you don't have gluten allergy, restriction your diet from wheat and gluten is only putting a burden on your lifestyle. Plus, it is expensive to do so. The important rule about diet is a balance diet with everything in moderation. Regular exercise will make you healthy. ...Read more
Avoidance: The current treatment for food allergies is reading ingredient labels to find foods that do not contain that particular food. A dietician or nutritionist can help with a diet if a person is having trouble. Corn allergy is fairly uncommon but corn is a very common ingredient. Fortunately, there are many gluten free products available now. ...Read more
Gluten Allergy: You're right, many people are talking about gluten nowadays. There should be a distinction between gluten allergy and gluten sensitivity. Allergy implies a specific immune reaction. Those people with gluten allergy get very sick when they eat it. A sensitivity is usually not as severe in symptoms as a true gluten allergy, however it may improve many bothersome symptoms. ...Read more
Need more info: Difficult to say without knowing more. Wondering what kind of reaction you are referring to, the time course, symptoms, etc. There are many different reactions to foods including true allergic reactions, food intolerance, or immune-mediated inflammation to gluten in people with celiac disease. See an Allergist if you are concerned about an immediate allergic reaction to hummus. ...Read more
Some can: Most beers are filtered liquids and contain little to no gluten protein. Some beer, especially unfiltered, can exacerbate gluten intolerance. The amount of gluten in most beer is negligible though. Many patient with celiac will tolerate low amounts of gluten without difficulty. ...Read more
Yes: Testing for celiac disease (gluten allergy) should be considered in people with chronic or recurrent diarrhea, malabsorption, weight loss, and abdominal distension or bloating. There is blood testing available and should be performed while on a gluten-rich diet. Antibodies against tissue transglutaminase (anti-TTG), which is highly sensitive and specific is used as a screening tool. ...Read more
Wording issues: You will be intolerant to gluten if you are allergic to it. Your body will have reactions to it and many could be severe. Allergy skin tests and blood tests would be positive. You could be intolerant to gluten but not have typical allergic reactions (hives, difficulty breathing, positive skin and blood tests), but you might have indigestion, constant bloating, intermittent diarrhea, etc. ...Read more
Stuffing: Anything made with breading, like stuffing. Vegetables without breading should be OK. Turkey without bottled gravy that is wheat based should be OK. Ask your host how things were prepared. Sweet potatoes or yams should be OK> I would stay away from cakes and desserts unless they are fresh fruits. ...Read more
What are the best foods to avoid and what are the foods that are okay to eat for gluten allergy/sensitivity?
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