Researchers found elevated levels of immune system antibodies to gluten proteins in some autistic children. Although they can't determine if a gluten free diet is beneficial, they agree that more research needs to be done:
"By themselves, anti-gluten antibodies do not mean disease," explained Dr. Daniel Coury, medical director of Autism Speaks' Autism Treatment Network and chief of developmental & behavioral pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "They are part of the whole puzzle. When they occur with other abnormalities and with symptoms, we begin to get a clearer picture. It may be that this will help identify a subgroup of individuals with autism who may benefit from a specific treatment someday when we have a better understanding of just what is going on here," Coury said.
If your child is on a gluten-free diet, have you seen any benefits from it?