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|Tue, 10-23-2012 - 6:24pm|
The Many Heads of Gluten Sensitivity
Unfortunately, today most people do not understand the difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. As a matter of fact, this is one of the reasons why so many patients fail to get properly diagnosed. Lab tests have traditionally focused on diagnosing celiac disease. This has created a proverbial No Man’s Land for those patients who react to gluten differently. Because the labs come back negative for them, they are told to continue the consumption of grains, and they are told not to worry about gluten because they don’t have celiac disease.
Until last year, most doctors and celiac disease researchers ignored or denied the existence of gluten sensitivity. The general thought was – if you don’t have celiac disease, you don’t have to worry about avoiding grains.
A new study published this week attempted to elucidate the differences between Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
As much as I love the work being done by Dr. Fasano at the University of Maryland, I have to take offense at the following quote from from Fox News’ interpretation of the study:
Unlike celiac disease, gluten sensitivity is not associated with these serious conditions (referring to – autoimmune, cancer, osteoporosis, infertility, and neurological disease). Common symptoms of gluten sensitivity include abdominal pain similar to irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, headaches, “foggy mind” or tingling of the extremities.