Hi, I'm new but reading recent discussions on whether gluten really is the ultimate bad guy I am undecided about how important it is to completely eliminate it as I currently eat a bit of sourdough bread with eggs in the morning (eggs alone make me nauseous). I had a celiac test which came back at 1.5 but I had eaten no gluten for about 5 days and only tiny amounts prior to that. Mean anything? The doctor said you had to score 10 to be worried. I am in the UK so results may be different in the US. I've done a 30-day gluten challenge and noticed no difference with or without but don't want to be doing myself harm unknowingly - I have mild IBS-C, osteoporosis in my spine (am only late 30s but my mother has it, I was anorexic and D-deficient for years) and a weird raised parathyroid hormone level. Not sure what's going on or if gluten could be contributing - any experience or advice welcome!
I am gluten intolerant, yet all my tests came back negative. I have recently had an endoscopy (?) done and I was told that my villi is fine and it is grew back.
The worst part about gluten that most people (like me) did not know what are the symptoms associated with gluten intolerance.
The problem is gluten intolerance is different for everyone because it is your body's immune system's individual response to poison. It mimics so many other diseases, you don't really know which one is which.
MOST PEOPLE HAVE ONLY SEVERAL SYMPTOMS AND THEY ARE DIFFERENT FOR EVERYBODY.
I am just going to list some of 300 symptoms associated with gluten intolerance.
Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorbtion e.g. low iron levels
Gastro-intestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)
Irritability and behavioural changes
Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
Cramps, tingling and numbness
Slow infant and child growth
Decline in dental health
Gluten intolerance is connected to the following diseases:
Iron deficiency/ anemia
Osteoporosis or osteopenia
Type 1 diabetes
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Irritable bowel syndrome
Abdominal pain and distension
Gas and flatulence
Greasy, foul-smelling, floating stools
Weight loss or weight gain
Nongastrointestinal symptoms: Interestingly, although gluten sensitivity and celiac disease affect the gut, most people’s symptoms are not gastrointestinal in nature. This partial list includes just some of the more than 250 symptoms not centered in the digestive tract.
Fatigue and weakness (due to iron-deficiency anemia)
Vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies
Headaches (including migraines)
Depression, irritability, listlessness, and mood disorders
“Fuzzy brain” or an inability to concentrate
Abnormal menstrual cycles
Dental enamel deficiencies and irregularities
Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)
Canker sores (apthus ulcers)
Rosacea (a skin disorder)
other autoimmune disorders
Early onset osteoporosis
Hair loss (alopecia)
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
Swelling and inflammation
The worst part is that some people have NO SYMPTOMS at all. Yet the damage is being done.
If not addressed, gluten intolerance has been found to contribute to diabetes, bowel cancer, anemia and osteoporosis among many many other diseases.
There is a wide population of 'gluten-reactants' in Europe (EC): at least 1 million cases of total intolerance to gluten - an estimated similar amount of 'gluten sensitive' people - 10-15 times more 'carriers' of the risk of becoming gluten intolerant.
The paleo line is that gluten is universally bad. And while I'm not one that buys into that 100%, you do have an abnormal digestive system, as evidenced by your IBS-C. I would think going 100% gluten-free would be a good idea in your case. If everything normalizes after that, you could try reintroducing it, but I suspect that you have permanent damage to your gut and won't be able to successfully reintroduce it.
Gluten has absolutely been connected to IBS and osteoporosis.
Can you be more specific about the test?
I Sorry but I don't have a printout, but I presume it was for antibodies of some sort, I know osteoporosis is linked to celiac through malabsorption issues but I am obviously absorbing iron as my level was top of the range! My instinct is gluten may be an issue for me, but I would be so much more motivated not to cheat if I knew for sure.
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