Going Gluten-FreeSeptember 26, 2013

International Celiac Disease Symposium

Celiac researchers and clinicians from around the world gathered in Chicago this week to discuss the latest on celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. The Living Without team was there. As the Symposium was winding down, we spoke with Dr. Stefano Guandalini, MD, medical director of The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, which hosted the meeting. That interview will be featured in Living Without’s upcoming issue and we’ll be posting excerpts here.

Here are some of the highlights of the Symposium:

New diagnostic tests are on the horizon, which will make it easier for doctors to pin down a definitive diagnosis without having patients undergo the “gold standard” endoscopy. Researchers are also working on new tools for diagnosing and follow-up care for those with celiac disease.

Symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity may be due to something other than gluten. Researchers are now looking at FODMAP foods as another culprit. Click here for Living Without’s article on FODMAPs.

The microbes in our gut play a critical part in our overall health and have an important impact in celiac disease. Researchers are now delving deeply into this area, including examining the effects of probiotics on celiac symptoms. One exciting study points to the promise of B. infantis bacteria for those with celiac disease. For more about the gut biome, click here for Living Without’s article “Love Your Gut.” 

Researchers are teasing apart the genetic causes of celiac disease. The vast majority of celiac patients have the one or both celiac-related genes (HLA DQ2, HLA DQ8). Genetic experts report differences in the way these genes present in terms of celiac symptoms. There’s a lot we don’t know about the inheritability of celiac disease, but scientists are busy examining the functional genomics to understand the pathways to developing the disease.

Celiac disease is strongly linked to other auto-immune diseases. This link is being studied for clues to address best treatments and cures for celiac and related conditions.

The clinical presentation of celiac disease is really changing. (Much more on this coming up. Fascinating!)

Celiac experts addressed the top big myths of celiac disease. We will cover this in depth. Stay tuned.

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