Gluten Sensitivity

GLUTEN SENSITIVITY

One in 100 are gluten intolerant in the normal population. Of these only 1 in 8 is diagnosed. Most of these patients have no gastro-intestinal symptoms. That gluten sensitivity is regarded as principally a disease of the small bowel is a historical misconception.

Every time the disease is clinically diagnosed in an adult,that person has for decades had the disease in a latent silent stage.Celiac Desease is the most often recognized symptomatic form of gluten intolerance. It is characterized by stomach pain abdominal cramping, diarrhea, watery stool that happens after a person has eaten food containing gluten,

Many patients have the silent or atypical form (no GI symptoms)and the condition may occur outside the intestines as myopathy ,muscle weakness, osteoporosis, debilitating fatigue.

Gluten intolerance can also be the initiating cause of dermatitis, liver disease, cardiac disease, neurological and endocrine conditions such as thyroid and adrenal problems.

The classic case of celiac disease results in inflammatory damage to the small intestine walls.

Specific gluten containing foods are all forms of wheat, rye, and barley.

Previously recognizes as a childhood problem, it is now found to adults as well with 25 % receiving the diagnosis at over 60s of age.

Thyroid disease is the second most prevalent autoimmune disorder associated with Celiac disease (after type 1 diabetes

Muscle inflammation is a common feature seen with those with mylopathy.

Many older patients that develop gluten intolerance do so as the result of digestive problems.

Studies at the Mayo Clinic have shown that cardiomyopathy can be associated with ciliac disease and that a gluten free diet can reverse the condition if diagnosed early.

Dr, Len Lenhart has studied the diagnosis and treatment of gluten sensitivity for the past twelve years. He is familiar with the diet necessary to control the symptoms resulting from gluten sensitivity.

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