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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
The NIH considers "gluten intolerance" a synonym for Celiac disease. Celiac disease damages the intestinal lining and can cause physical symptoms such as cramping, diarrhea and lead to malabsorption / malnutrition. Persons can also have allergic antibodies (IgE) to wheat without having celiac disease. Treatment is avaoidance.
Dr. Luis Matos
Integrative Medicine

In brief: No difference

You can split hairs and say that if you have chronic diarrhea, weight loss, malnutrition when eating foods with gluten, that you have celiac disease and any milder symptoms of bloating, recurrent abdominal pain etc that you have gluten intolerance but the solution to both is a gluten free diet.

In brief: No difference

You can split hairs and say that if you have chronic diarrhea, weight loss, malnutrition when eating foods with gluten, that you have celiac disease and any milder symptoms of bloating, recurrent abdominal pain etc that you have gluten intolerance but the solution to both is a gluten free diet.
Dr. Luis Matos
Dr. Luis Matos
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