Do you have a Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease, both or neither? Dr. Margarita Murphy with Colon Surgeons of Charleston breaks down the very slim difference in these two hot topics.
Gluten Intolerance (also referred to as Gluten Sensitivity) is a tricky medical subject and still new to the field as a stand alone medical condition. The idea of gluten sensitivity is that the body experiences a direct reaction to gluten causing inflammation inside and outside the digestive tract, often resulting in uncomfortable GI symptoms (gas, bloating, constipation, irregular bowl movements, etc).
Since there is no definitive medical test for Gluten Intolerance a gastrointestinal physician would first test you for Celiac Disease- if that shows negative the best way to determine if Gluten is the culprit of your symptoms is by an elimination diet. Many people claim that they feel better when eliminating gluten from their diets, but little is known if gluten is actually the ingredient to blame.
Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease manifest in very similar symptoms, making it hard to decipher one without ruling out the other.
Celiac Disease is much less of a guessing game and can be ruled in, or out, with a simple blood test at your physician’s office. Celiac Disease is a medical condition in which your immune system attacks the lining of your small intestines as a response to gluten. Contrary to what many think Celiac Disease isn’t a direct response to eating gluten but due to your immune system’s reaction to the gluten protein in foods which tricks your white blood cells into attacking your small intestinal lining.
Moral of the story? Visit your local gastroenterologist or come see Dr. Margarita Murphy and get an answer to your stubborn stomach issues.
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