Gluten Sensitivity Series: Part 1

Gluten allergies are on the rise, or at least their diagnoses are. Others are eating gluten-free for health benefits. We wanted to give a brief breakdown of the symptoms to look out for when determining whether you have a gluten allergy, as well as some tips on eating gluten free.

This week we’ll be discussing what a gluten allergy looks like. Gluten allergies, also known as Celiac’s disease, can show up in a variety of ways. The allergy can be evident in childhood, but it is also common to receive a diagnosis up into adulthood. The signs and symptoms of Celiac’s disease are typically divided into two categories: symptoms due to improper absorption of nutrients and those due to malnutrition (deficiencies in necessary vitamins and minerals).

Symptoms of malabsorption:

  • diarrhea
  • gas and bloating

Symptoms of malnutrition:

  • infertility
  • weight loss
  • fluid retention
  • muscle weakness
  • anemia
  • osteoporosis

If you are experiencing these symptoms and have not received another explanation, it is worth asking your physician for a blood test for Celiac’s disease. Remember that in order for the test to be accurate, you need to be eating your normal diet, even if you suspect you have a gluten allergy. Many people experiment with cutting out gluten before receiving an official diagnosis, and this ends up skewing the blood test results.

Stay tuned next week for some tips on eating gluten free, whether for a gluten allergy or other health reasons.

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