Gluten Sensitivity Spectrum – Not Just a Celiac Issue
The Gluten Autoimmune Spectrum
The following picture displays some of the more common manifestations of gluten induced diseases. Problem is, many people, doctors, nutritionists, and the media are mostly in the dark when it comes to the different diseases linked to this food protein.
The following is an abstract from a recent paper published in the journal, Rev Neurol. 2011 Sep 1;53(5):287-300.
Gluten sensitivity is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically susceptible individuals on ingesting gluten. It can appear at any age, then becoming a permanent condition. It is more frequent in women, as happens with other autoimmune diseases. Celiac disease is the intestinal form and the most important manifestation among a set of gluten-induced autoimmune pathologies that affect different systems. Neurological manifestations of gluten sensitivity, with or without enteropathy, are also frequent, their pathogenesis including an immunological attack on the central and peripheral nervous tissue accompanied by neurodegenerative changes. The clinical manifestations are varied, but the most common syndromes are cerebellar ataxia and peripheral neuropathy. Finally, gluten sensitivity is associated to a varying degree, with other complex diseases and could influence their evolution. The early detection of cases of gluten sensitivity with neurological manifestations and subsequent treatment with the gluten-free diet could provide remarkable benefits to the patients.
This research study is just another study of an ever growing list of medical research documenting the existence of gluten sensitivity in the absence of celiac disease. Why is this important? Most doctors don’t know the difference. Most doctors aren’t aware that gluten can contribute to hundreds of symptoms, syndromes, and diseases. Many of these symptoms manifest not in the gut, but in other tissues and organs.
Common examples of gluten related conditions are:
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