Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Is Gluten Affecting You?

  Could gluten be affecting you and your health? Many Americans may be intolerant to Gluten and not even know it. Here are some facts that will hopefully help you better understand more about Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity.
  • Research shows that 30% of all Americans may be gluten sensitive and 1 in 225 have a severe form of this sensitivity called celiac sprue.
  • Celiac Disease is a genetic disorder affecting 1 in 133 Americans
  • Symptoms in gluten intolerance often mimic the gastrointestinal symptoms also associated with celiac's
  • On average it takes 15 years of chronic suffering to receive proper diagnosis with this condition
  • Most undiagnosed celiac sufferers are not underweight which is a common misconception
 A Few Symptoms Associated with Gluten Intolerance or Sensitivity
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Alternating diarrhea/constipation
  • Gas
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain 
  • Headaches
  • Abnormal menses and infertility
There are also certain conditions that are known to have a higher risk of becoming gluten intolerant.
Such as:
  • Microscopic colitis 
  • Relatives of gluten sensitive individuals
  • Hepatitis C
  • Autoimmune liver disease
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Diabetes Mellitus, type 1
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Asthma
  • Aids
  • Osteoporosis
  • Iron deficiency
  • Short stature in children
  • Down's syndrome
  • Mother's of kids with neural tube defects
  • Female infertility
  • Seizure disorder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Autism
If you or anyone you know wants to find out more check out these sites.

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