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Metformin And 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Transglutaminase IGA: One of the entry level tests for gluten sensitivity is a transglutaminase IGA which many get along with an IGA level (If IGA is low, the test would be falsely negative). Celiac is a label that should not be used unless an intestinal biopsy shows celiac changes. If you are TTG positive the body is reacting to the gluten and a gluten free diet would be helpful. ...Read more
A matter of degree: Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where eating foods with gluten damage the intestinal lining causing gastrointestinal symptoms and sometimes cause skin rashes. Patients must strictly avoid all gluten. People with gluten intolerance can usually tolerate small amounts of gluten and do not have celiac disease. See a specialist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Celiac is autoimmune: 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
Great variety: Common symptoms of gluten sensitivity include diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, cramping, fatigue, headaches including migraines, muscle ; joint pains, anxiety ; depression. While less than 1% of people have celiac disease, 10-20% may gave gluten intolerance. The best way to tell is avoidance ; challenge. See http://www.Naturalnews. Com/038170_gluten_sensitivity_symptoms_intolerance. Html; comment:. ...Read more
Could you exhibit general symptoms of gluten intolerance, without having one of the five allergies?
If someone who has a gluten intolerance in starving in the wilderness, would it be ok to eat gluten as a last resort?
I have a gluten intolerance and I've been reacting with extremely sharp pains in my anterior abdomen for over 12 hours. Is this common?
With gluten?: If your symptoms are solely from gluten-intolerance, then avoiding gluten should have solved the problem. There are many potential causes but the most likely would be a strain on the abdominal muscle from lifting something heavy or twisting the muscle the wrong way. Try ice pack or heating pad but if no relief or getting worse, go to see your doctor or get to an ER since this can be serious. ...Read more
42 yo. Gluten intolerance/glucose intolerance. Why are my basal temps 96.8 and 97.0 and why am i so cold all the time? What can I do to increase?
Is there more gluten intolerance and celiac disease today than in the past, or are we simply more aware of these conditions? If more common now, why?
More aware: As more tests are ordered and see more positive results and people more health awareness now. ...Read more