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A new review in the American Journal of Gastroenterology recommends that those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) be genetically tested for gluten sensitivity intolerance.  The Review elucidates the role of diet in the progression of IBS symptoms.  The authors further state that the classic signs of celiac disease are often absent for those suffering with IBS even thought gluten is the culprit.

IBS Gluten Testing Diagram

Source: Am J Gastroenterl2009;104:1587-94.

Gluten Free Society’s Stance:

This article is a major breakthrough in the advancement for gluten sensitivity recognition.  Traditionally IBS sufferers are told to “eat right and limit their stress”.  IBS typically manifests as symptoms of gut pain, bloating, gas, and loose bowels.  Endoscopic and other common diagnostic tests are most often negative leaving people without answers.  Medical treatment of IBS is largely unsuccessful.

Food intolerance and allergy and infections are the most common contributing factors in the development of irritable bowel symptoms.  It is important to have a physician evaluate these areas.  If you haven’t watched this video on gluten sensitivity, I highly recommend you do so now as gluten is a major cause of IBS.

If you would like to be genetically tested for gluten sensitivity and your doctor won’t help you visit this link and you can get a home test kit sent to you.

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4 responses on “Gluten Sensitivity causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  1. […] An article published last year in the same journal reported on the need to perform HLA-DQ genetic testing in all patients with IBS to determine if gluten sensitivity is part of the disease progenitor. […]

  2. Jackie says:

    I am just wondering on this schematic what specific DQ genes would be considered “positive” vs. what would be considered “negative” (thereby ruling out gluten as a possible contributor)? I know traditionally most practitioners only consider DQ2 & 8 to be associated with typical celiac disease, but do not recognize the other gluten sensitivity genes.

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