Are you gluten-sensitive? Here are the symptoms

Aug 25 2014, 10:49 IST
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Gluten sensitivity runs in families and is commonly present is relatives and family members of an individual with celiac disease. Gluten sensitivity runs in families and is commonly present is relatives and family members of an individual with celiac disease.
SummaryGluten sensitivity is often not acknowledged by doctors and at times, many patients are diagnosis with mental illness.

Besides wheat allergy and celiac disease, the spectrum of gluten-related disorders has recently acquired a new entity, called gluten sensitivity or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).

Gluten is a protein in wheat, oats, barley and rye (European cereal), which is a known cause of celiac disease — a condition in which gluten damages the intestines and reduces its ability to absorb food.

Here are the sensitivity and symptoms:

* Gluten is a protein found in wheat, oats, barley and rye

* Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is when you don’t have celiac disease (also results from gluten sensitivity) or wheat allergy, but are sensitive to gluten

* Symptoms are by irritable bowel syndrome-like symptoms — stomach ache, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, hyperacidity and other non-gastrointestinal symptoms such as fatigue, lethargy, attention deficit, headache, joint and muscle pain, cramps, leg or arm numbness, imbalance, dermatitis

* Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is often not acknowledged by doctors, patients go untreated

* At times, many are diagnosis with mental illness

Gluten sensitivity is six times more prevalent than celiac disease. Has clinically been recognised as less severe than celiac disease

* Gluten sensitivity runs in families and is commonly present is relatives and family members of an individual with celiac disease.

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