February 28, 2011

Gluten Sensitivity Increases the Risk for Asthma

 

A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology finds a connection between asthma and celiac disease.  This is just one more study that connects breathing disorders to food allergy.   Most doctors focus on air born allergies when trying to treat asthma.   It is nice to see researchers looking into food as a cause.  Thank you Fox News for bringing this issue to light for thousands of viewers!

All that being said, it would be nice if the TV doctors would get it right once in a while.

Gluten Sensitivity is not a disease, it is a state of genetics.   When gluten sensitivity goes unidentified it triggers disease (on average at about the age of 45).  Many of the diseases triggered by gluten are autoimmune in nature.  Autoimmune disease typically take years to manifest and diagnose (this is why the average person is diagnosed so late in life).   Celiac disease is just one of the many manifestations of disease induced by gluten.

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One Response to “Gluten Sensitivity Increases the Risk for Asthma”

  • Andi says:

    I have severe asthma that has gotten worse over the past 10 years. Every time I would get a cold, it would turn into pneumonia, bronchitis, repeated visits to the doctor, emergency room, many weeks off work and some hospitalizations. I spoke to my doctors (primary care, allergy/asthma, pulmonologist) and they didn’t seem to think gluten would be causing my issues.

    I have other food allergies, so after the prodding of my sister, I did a gluten free trial for 2 weeks. For the first time in years, I could walk and talk at the same time without wheezing and shortness of breath!

    I have had testing done for Celiac and wheat/barley/rye allergies since then but the results have come back negative. But what has been considered the conclusive “elimination diagnostic” test for me and some of the urgent care and emergency room docs that I’ve seen over the past 2+ years is the hives and asthma flare that happen if I manage to consume gluten.

    My life with asthma is much easier since going gluten free (but if I do have a flare up, I still end up on prednisone, just not hospitalized).

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