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Are You Really Gluten-Sensitive? (Part 2): 3 Questions to ask Yourself (and Your Doctor)

If someone told you that you might be gluten sensitive but a gluten-free diet hasn’t improved your symptoms, consider these 3 questions. 1.       Have you been tested for food allergies and intolerances, including wheat allergy and lactose intolerance?             If no, consider being tested for other food allergies and intolerances, especially if symptoms continue while on a gluten-free diet.          If yes, continue to question 2. 2.       Have you been tested for H. pylori or other infections ?         If no, consider being tested as Helicobacter pylori infection can cause GI symptoms. Quest Diagnostics or Lab Corp can perform H. pylori breath test and stool sample tests to determine if bacteria or viruses are causing your GI symptoms.             If yes, continue to question 3. 3.       Have you had a colonoscopy and/or colonic biopsy ?           If no, consider them because they can reveal Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis, which can cause

Are You Really Gluten Sensitive? (Part 1): Three Thoughts on Gluten Sensitivity

People with Celiac Disease need to avoid gluten, but more and more people are choosing to avoid gluten. Some claim they have Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitiv ity (NCGS), while others claim that gluten is bad for everyone. In this post, I’ll explore Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitiv ity (NCGS). I’m also planning a post on avoiding gluten by choice, so keep an eye out. Three Thoughts About on Gluten Sensitivity In the medical field, there are several theories regarding gluten sensitivity. There is no consensus yet as to whether or not it is a real condition separate from celiac disease.  After reviewing studies, I’ve identified three main ideas: 1.       NCGS patients have Celiac Disease but were not tested for it or were not tested properly. 2.       NCGS patients are not actually sensitive to gluten. Their symptoms are caused by other compounds in the food. 3.       NCGS is a separate condition from Celiac Disease. 


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