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Are You Gluten Sensitive?
February 23, 2011
A new study validates non-celiac gluten intolerance.
In this study, Australian researchers looked at potential mechanisms behind non-celiac gluten intolerance. They randomly assigned 34 adults with irritable bowel syndrome who were adhering to a gluten-free diet to ease gastrointestinal symptoms to eat a supplement (some contained gluten, some did not). The team determined none of the participants had celiac disease. In this double-blind study, those who consumed the gluten supplement reported a hike in bloating, fatigue and other symptoms within a week. However, there was no surge in antigliadin antibodies, nor were there changes observed in levels of celiac antibodies, C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) or intestinal permeability. Researchers also failed to find any connection between symptoms and the presence of the genes identified with celiac thus far (DQ2/DQ8).
Why does this matter? These findings suggest that non-celiac gluten intolerance is real. Yes, many of us knew this already but, gosh darn it, I love it that the research is now confirming it.
So all those people who have celiac-like symptoms but whose test results come back negative and whose endoscopy shows their villi aren’t flattened—listen up. The Gluten Intolerance Group now gives a nod to non-celiac gluten intolerance, that it may be diagnosed after ruling out celiac and noting a positive response to the gluten-free diet.
I wished I’d known this back then.