Is a Gluten Free Diet Right For Me?

There is a great degree of confusion as regarding individuals who should be screened for gluten sensitivity/intolerance?

Because research has shown that as many as 40% of all Americans may be gluten sensitive, and that 1 in 100 have a severe form of this sensitivity causing the the autoimmune intestinal disease, celiac sprue, a case can be made that everyone in America should be screened for gluten sensitivity.

However, there are people with various risk factors or diseases that are at greater risk of having gluten sensitivity who should undoubtedly be tested.

Those with the following diseases should be genetically screened for gluten intolerance:

• Microscopic colitis (inflammation of the colon)
• Relatives of those with celiac disease or gluten-sensitive individuals including
• Chronic diarrhea of unknown origin
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
• Hepatitis C
Liver disease of unknown origin
• Dermatitis herpetiformis
• Diabetes mellitus
• Degenerative disc disease
• Colon Cancer
• Thyroid disease
Psoriasis
Any autoimmune diseases (common ones include):

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Scleroderma
  • Dermatomyositis

• Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
• PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
Asthma
• Migraine Headaches
Osteoporosis
• Iron deficiency
• Failure to thrive (FTT) or short stature in children
• Down’s syndrome
• Mothers of kids with neural tube defects
Female infertility (includes those with multiple miscarriages)
Peripheral neuropathy
Cerebellar ataxia (unexplained dizziness)
Seizure disorders
Psychiatric disorders (Schizophrenia and bipolar)
• Depression
• Alcoholism
• Autism
ADHD/ADD

If you have loved ones that you suspect may have gluten issues, please forward this to them.  Together we can help more!

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Genetic Testing for gluten intolerance is available here.

Learn more about gluten intolerance/sensitivity here.

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