Do I Have Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance?

Do I Have Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance?


I think wheat is making me sick. Do I have
celiac disease or gluten intolerance? Celiac disease occurs when your immune system
reacts to gluten. Gluten intolerance is a little fuzzier. What? It makes the cilia fuzzy instead of
destroying them? With celiac disease, the small intestine becomes
inflamed and even destroyed. Then you can’t properly absorb nutrients. You get bloating, gas, malnutrition and stomach
pain with both disorders. The only treatment for celiac disease is a
gluten-free diet. And, given how little we know about gluten intolerance, the solution
is the same. Yeah, going wheat-free. Which includes rye, barley and anything containing
wheat. So in addition to avoiding wheat bread, you
have to aviod most cereals, gravies since they contain wheat flour, breaded coatings,
rice mixes with gluten thickener, and beer. So now I have an excuse to refuse a beer,
and demand a glass of wine. But how do I know what I have? Gluten intolerance is a different type of
immune reaction, but it is an immune system reaction, based on a theory put forth by the
University of Maryland research group on celiac disease. Why do you think gluten intolerance is a theory? They think gluten intolerance is a direct
reaction to the distinctive proteins in the gluten. The body then attacks the small intestine
while it is absorbing gluten. Then it is a proven disorder. Gluten intolerance isn’t as widely recognized
as celiac disease. Celiac disease was first recognized decades ago. How is it diagnosed? Celiac disease can be done through a biopsy
of the cilia in the small intestine or through a blood test for antigliadin antibodies. I’d take the blood test over the biopsy.
Way less painful. And you don’t have to purge your system
for the colonoscopy. Gross! That’s almost as gross as the guy
in Arizona who had to have a colonoscopy because cops were so dang sure he had drugs hidden
in his butt. Just try going gluten free and see how you
feel. Arrange an appointment with a doctor for a formal diagnosis.

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