We are the same age! Being put on a gluten free diet is not so bad. I've been on one since September 2010. My body quickly responded and began to get better. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal if we give it a fighting chance. In my case, and maybe in your case, the only thing needed is foods of the right kind. I eat everything except things with grain in them. Now I feel like a fit 53 year old instead of a person that is older than Moses on a bad day!
Good luck, Mike, and I hope you check back in and let us know how you are doing.