February 12, 2012

Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance Self Test

 

Am I Gluten Intolerant?

gluten intolerance quizSome people feel so much better after going gluten free, that they forgo any testing and just stick to the diet.  Some people need a black and white answer – Am I gluten sensitive or not?  Without a solid answer, they have trouble justifying the diet and usually cheat on a frequent basis.  The problem with cheating is that gluten can cause damage to the body in very small amounts (20 ppm).  The best way to get this black and white answer is to have genetic testing performed.  If you cannot afford to have genetic testing performed, the following is a quick self test that you can use to help determine whether or not you are gluten sensitive.

Take The Quiz…

Gluten Sensitivity Self Test:

Check the symptoms you are experiencing.

Select any symptoms you are experiencing from the list and click on the “Submit” button to learn if you might be suffering from Gluten Sensitivity.

Gut Symptoms

Head & Nervous System Symptoms

Muscle & Joint Symptoms

Hormonal Symptoms

Immune Symptoms

Skin Problems

**Dermatitis herpetiformis is a skin condition known to be caused by gluten.
If you have been diagnosed with this disease, you are gluten sensitive.

Other Internal Diseases/Problems

Enter your name and email below, then click submit to find out the results of your quiz.  We will also send you 100′s of free gluten free recipes and the list of hidden foods that contain gluten.

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Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity & Celiac Disease Require Different Testing Methods

The proper tools must be used to accurately diagnose gluten sensitivity.  This is where a lot of people and doctors get confused.  Traditionally lab testing is only designed to diagnose celiac disease.  Remember that celiac disease is only one medical condition caused by gluten.  Many people have other diseases caused by gluten.  If you doctor uses a test to diagnosed celiac disease on you and it comes back negative, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have gluten sensitivity.  The intestinal biopsy and serum blood tests are examples of inaccurate medical tests for gluten sensitivity.  Genetic testing offers the greatest degree of accuracy and when combined with a patient’s history and examination a diagnosis can be made early and accurately.  Gluten Free Society offers genetic testing and educational services about gluten.

Gluten Free Diet is Not a Trend

Because going on a gluten free takes a great deal of education and commitment, it is recommended that proper testing be performed to identify whether the diet is right for you.  Remember going gluten free is not a trendy diet; it is a permanent lifestyle that should be taken very seriously as even small amounts of gluten exposure can cause problems.  To accurately diagnose gluten sensitivity, the right lab test must be used.

Genetic testing is the gold standard for diagnosing gluten sensitivity.  Unfortunately, many doctors still use antiquated and inaccurate tests.  Examples of these include

  1. Anti-gliadin antibodies – this is a blood test that measures for antibodies to one of the types of gluten found in wheat.  It is not very comprehensive and often times gives false negative results.
  2. Anti-tissue transglutaminase – this test is only specific for celiac disease and also has a tendency to come back falsely negative.
  3. Intestinal Biopsy – this test is also only specific for celiac disease and comes back with a lot of false negatives.

Genetic testing is available here<<<

Gut Symptoms:

  • Craving baked goods (cake, cookies, brownies)
  • Craving high sugar foods
  • Frequent intestinal bloating or gas especially after eating
  • IBS – irritable bowel syndrome
  • Acid reflux – GERD (aka heartburn)
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent nausea and or vomiting
  • Difficulty gaining weight (children under the growth curve)
  • Iron deficiency anemia

Head &Nervous System Symptoms:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Sinus congestion
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Poor memory
  • Vertigo
  • Difficulty recalling words
  • Brain fog
  • Poor concentration
  • Been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD
  • Suffer with frequent vertigo (dizziness)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Neuropathy
  • Irrational irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s

Muscle and Joint Symptoms

  • Frequent joint pains with or without activity
  • Chronic muscle aches
  • Migrating joint pain (without injury)
  • Frequent muscle spasms (especially in the legs)
  • Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia
  • Diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis (RA, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjogren’s)
  • Bone pain
  • Growing pains
  • Osteoporosis or osteopenia

Hormonal Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Infertility
  • History of miscarriage or spontaneous abortion
  • Menstrual problems – PMS
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diagnosis of hyperprolactinemia
  • Diagnosis of Diabetes (type I or type II)
  • Hypoglycemia
  • PCOS (polycystic ovary disease)
  • Endometriosis

Immune Problems:

  • Chronic urinary tract infections
  • Chronic respiratory infections
  • Asthma
  • Vaginal, oral, or nail bed yeast infections

Skin Problems:

  • Fever blisters or mouth ulcers
  • Skin rash
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis**
  • Vitiligo

Other Internal Diseases/Problems:

  • Gall bladder problems
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Non alcoholic fatty liver
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Lymphoma
  • Platelet disorders

Results:

  • If you checked 1 to 3 items, you should be genetically tested for gluten sensitivity
  • If you checked 4 or more items, you are most likely gluten sensitive.  Genetic testing is still recommended to confirm the need for a permanent diet change.
  • If you checked any red item you are most likely gluten sensitive.  You should be genetically tested for gluten sensitivity immediately.  Remember that recent research has discovered that ignoring gluten sensitivity leads to early death by 20 years or more.

**Dermatitis herpetiformis is a skin condition known to be caused by gluten.  If you have been diagnosed with this disease, you are gluten sensitive.

 

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5 Responses to “Gluten Sensitivity Intolerance Self Test”

  • igH says:

    thanks for the article :)

    “Zein is a class of prolamine protein found in maize.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zein

    which has also been found to have ‘significantly enhanced membrane-binding’ properties… http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10590021

    “Maize is used as an alternative to wheat to elaborate foodstuffs for celiac patients in a gluten-free diet. However, some maize prolamins (zeins) contain amino acid sequences that resemble the wheat gluten immunodominant peptides and their integrity after gastrointestinal proteolysis is unknown. In this study, the celiac IgA-immunoreactivity to zeins from raw or nixtamalized grains, before and after peptic/tryptic digestion was evaluated and their possible immunogenicity was investigated by in silico methods. IgA from some celiac patients with HLA-DQ2 or DQ8 haplotypes recognized two alpha-zeins even after peptic/tryptic proteolysis. However, digestion affected zeins after denaturation, reduction, and alkylation, used for identification of prolamins as alpha-zein A20 and A30 by MS/MS sequencing. An in silico analysis indicated that other zeins contain similar sequences, or sequences that may bind even better to the HLA-DQ2/DQ8 molecules compared to the already identified ones. Results concur to indicate that relative abundance of these zeins, along with factors affecting their resistance to proteolysis, may be of paramount clinical relevance, and the use of maize in the formulation and preparation of gluten-free foods must be reevaluated in some cases of celiac disease.” – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22298027

  • igH says:

    “Common dietary staples such as cereal grains and legumes contain glycoproteins called lectins which have potent antinutritional properties (Table 1) which influence the structure and function of both enterocytes and lymphocytes (Liener, 1986; Pusztai, 1993). Wheat-germ agglutinin derived from dietary wheat products is heat stable and resistant to digestive proteolytic breakdown in both rats (Pusztai et al. 1993a) and human subjects (Brady et al. 1978) and has been recovered intact and biologically active in human faeces (Brady et al. 1978). Wheat-germ agglutinin and lectins in general bind surface glycans on gut brush-border epithelial cells causing damage to the base of the villi which includes disarrangement of the cytoskeleton, increased endocytosis and shortening of the microvilli (Liener, 1986; Sjolander et al. 1986; Pusztai, 1993). The structural changes induced by wheat-germ agglutinin on intestinal epithelial cells elicit functional changes including increased permeability (Sjolander et al. 1984) which may facilitate the passage of undegraded dietary antigens into systemic circulation (Pusztai, 1993).”

    “Legume and cereal lectins alter the microflora of the gut (Liener, 1986; Banwell et al. 1988; Pusztai et al. 1993b), causing both inflammation (Wilson et al. 1980; Liener, 1986; Pusztai et al. 1993b) and increased intestinal permeability (Greer et al. 1985)”

    “Maize, like wheat, can alter intestinal epithelial structure and function (Mehta et al. 1972). The biological activities of cereal lectins are similar because they are closely related to one another both structurally and immunologically (Peumans & Cammue, 1986).”

    pdf @ http://www.foreignpolicybulletinmonitor.com/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=880100&fulltextType=RV&fileId=S0007114500000271

  • Great information, Thanks for sharing!
    Dr. O

  • Ron Hicken says:

    Was just wondering if a person is gluten sensitive to grains and cannot digest them well at all is there a good chance that beans will be the same. Are beans totally gluten free? Are there proteins found in beans that can also cause gut damage or leaky gut? Would love to have your thoughts on this.

  • kenyon parker says:

    I have read that there may be a link between celiac disease and chronic bronchitis, which I have.

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