Does Gluten Cause Kidney Disease?Kidney disease is an overlooked aspect of many patients with gluten intolerance. In this recent study, protein leakage dissipated on a gluten free diet saving this patient from a laundry list of medications and side effects. The authors of the study point out that gluten induced kidney damage can precede the onset of classic symptoms associated with celiac disease.
Proteinuria resolved completely following the initiation of a gluten-free diet, without the use of immunosuppressive therapy and despite tapering of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor. This case illustrates that CS-associated MPGN may precede overt clinical evidence of coeliac disease and may respond to gluten-free diet, without resort to immunosuppressive therapy.Source: Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2009 Nov;24(11):3545-8.