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Doctor insights on: Metformin And Gluten Intolerance

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What are the symptoms of gluten intolerance?

What are the symptoms of gluten intolerance?

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

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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Is it possible to outgrow a gluten intolerance?

Is it possible to outgrow a gluten intolerance?

Unlikely : The problem with gluten intolerance is its ability to cause minor symptoms that overlap with many other conditions not be recognized in its lesser forms. The full-blown celiac disease is likely an endpoint to those with the worst expression, but the diagnostic gut lesions improve on a gluten free diet only to return if re-introduced. Gluten can be avoided for life and still be a good one. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have gluten intolerance or not?

Is it possible for me to have gluten intolerance or not?

Yes: More and more people have gluten intolerance these days so it is very possible. Dr davis wrote a great book called wheat belly that may give you the information you are seeking. ...Read more

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Has gluten intolerance always existed? Why is it so common nowadays?

Has gluten intolerance always existed? Why is it so common nowadays?

Yes/recognition: This is a disorder that has likely existed since the introduction of gluten source grains. However, we have not always had the lab tests/procedures available to focus our workup to the proper diagnosis. Lab testing has shown many that have sensitivity without full-blown celiac disease. (biopsy proven) It is also trendy to go gluten free for all sorts of mythical benefits in humans (& even pets) ...Read more

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Is there a test for gluten intolerance?

Yes: Testing for gluten intolerance, the cause of celiac disease, is usually first done by blood testing for anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (ttga) or anti-endomysium antibodies (ema). If these tests are inconclusive, your doctor may recommend additional blood tests or an intestinal biopsy. ...Read more

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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

Celiac is an allergy: Celiac disease is gluten allergy, a strong allergic reaction to gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, spelt, etc...). Gluten intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but an intolerance of gluten that leads to tummy symptoms such as gassiness, bloating, loose stools, etc... Gluten intolerance does not cause damage to the intestinal lining like celiac disease does. ...Read more

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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

Celiac: Typically, people get blood work for specific celiac antibodies but there is a lot of debate on how accurate a negative result is. Most accurate is an endoscopy with biopsy looking specifically for the celiac antibodies or pathology. ...Read more

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How can you treat gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

How can you treat gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

Avoidance: Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease and gluten issues is to eliminate gluten containing foods (wheat and other grains) from the diet completely and indefinitely. ...Read more

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What is the test for gluten intolerance or just sensitivty?

What is the test for gluten intolerance or just sensitivty?

Blood test: The most concise way to make the diagnosis is a small bowel endoscopy with biopsies taken to examine the histology under the microscope. Tissue transglutaminase (ttg) and antiendomysial antibodies are two sensitive blood tests that also will help confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hypersalivation a sign of gluten intolerance?

Saliva: It may be. Other things include acid reflux, mouth infections, medications and swallowing issues. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance in teens?

Gluten intolerance: The term gluten intolerance is not the same as celiac disease. Gluten intolerance implies the person does not "tolerate" large amounts of gluten well, yet does not have gluten sensitivity. Symptoms in gluten intolerance would be strictly GI related: diarrhea, abd pain, bloating. Try no gluten or cutting down significantly to see if it helps. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease typically treated?

Celiac: Strict avoidance of any gluten containing products with supplementation of vitamins and minerals for whatever is lost with the elimination of gluten from the diet. ...Read more

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What happens if I have gluten intolerance, do I have celiac disease?

Maybe: While oftentime the 2 terms are used interchangeably, there are many patients who do have issues due to gluten ingestion but do not have full-blown celiac disease. Typically, patients complain of bloating, diarrhea, rashes, itchy skin, failure to thrive after eating barley, rye, wheat and other similar products that contain gluten. Best to consult a GI doc and a good dietician. ...Read more

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I have gluten intolerance; but does this mean I have celiac disease?

I have gluten intolerance; but does this mean I have celiac disease?

NO: An intolerance is different from an autoimmune disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disease where antibodies attack the lining of the intestines. In both cases, you will stay away from wheat gluten, but they are not the same process. You can be tested for celiac by a blood test and an endoscopic biopsy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how common gluten intolerance and celiac disease are?

1/1000 : The range of listed frequency is from 1/250-1/4000 births. There is ethnic variation with a higher frequency among those of european descent. ...Read more

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How will I know if I need to be tested for celiac or gluten intolerance?

How will I know if I need to be tested for celiac or gluten intolerance?

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. ...Read more

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Food Intolerance (Definition)

Also known as non-allergic food hypersensitivity, this refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is ...Read more