Non-Celiac Gluten Related Disorders
The fight for acceptance by the medical community
Even though celiac disease (CD) is now the subject of considerable media attention and scientific research, that wasn’t always the case; unlike some diseases that have been widely accepted for decades and even centuries, when it came time to recognize CD as a “real” disease, getting the academic “buy in” necessary to spur meaningful research was no easy task. Many doctors and researchers felt the disease itself was little more than a popular fad spurred on by media hype. But as evidence grew and clinical tests became available to accurately pinpoint the diagnosis, eventually CD was accepted as a disease that has very real – with very serious – physical consequences if left untreated. The recognition and scientific interest in CD is due in part to a greater understanding of autoimmune disorders in general, as well as an appreciation of the links between different autoimmune diseases; research has shown those with CD have a much higher chance of having at least one other autoimmune disorder, and often several.
But what about non-celiac gluten related disorders?
In more recent years, a host of other non-celiac conditions has been brought to light, conditions that still appear to be related to gluten ingestion, but which do not have the same physical consequences as CD. These gluten-related disorders have caused a lot of confusion and reignited at least some of the skepticism that once surrounded CD.
So what are gluten-related disorders, and how do they differ from CD?
At least one study suggests gluten-related diseases and disorders can be divided into three separate entities: CD, wheat allergies and immune-mediated gluten sensitivity. The study even includes a proposed algorithm to help determine which of the three may be at play. In brief, wheat allergies are roughly defined as allergic reactions that occur in response to eating gluten, including respiratory symptoms like coughing and wheezing, skin reactions like rash or hives, and gastrointestinal sensitivity. Immune-mediated gluten sensitivity is defined as a reaction to gluten when neither allergic nor autoimmune mechanisms are involved.
Interestingly, many CD experts have been skeptical of the existence of non-celiac gluten-related disorders, which is especially ironic given the initial skepticism that surrounded CD when it was trying to gain recognition as a “real” disease
For patients with true CD, it’s the intestinal biopsy that is the gold standard for determining once and for all that CD, and not wheat allergy or immune-mediated gluten sensitivity, is present since neither of the other two conditions causes the intestinal damage characteristic of CD.
Then what’s the bottom line? The most important thing you can do if you suspect you’re suffering from any type of gluten reaction is see a doctor for a complete evaluation and work up. While neither wheat allergies nor immune-mediated gluten sensitivity are associated with the same damaging clinical manifestations as CD, they still cause uncomfortable reactions that demand attention and treatment. And those who wind up being diagnosed with CD can benefit substantially by having the disease identified as early as possible so treatments can be taken to help minimize the damage to the bowel, reverse consequences of malnutrition such as anemia and osteoporosis, and reduce the risk of developing other autoimmune disorders.
The gluten free diet lacks important nutrients
For anyone following a gluten-free diet, getting adequate nutrition is important. While those with non-celiac gluten-related disorders may not have the absorption problems associated with CD, they still face the risks of gluten cross-contamination when buying supplements that may have been manufactured or processed in facilities that also process products with gluten. CeliVites provides an ideal solution for people with gluten-related disorders by eliminating the risk of cross-contamination. The gluten free diet is lacking important nutrients for which a well-rounded supplement can compensate. And of course, the supplements’ higher levels of bioavailability mean the nutrients are much more readily absorbed, a benefit to anyone looking to maximize the nutritional value of their supplements. Learn more about CeliVites by visiting our site.
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