Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms

Could You Be Experiencing Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms?

You may be showing gluten sensitivity symptoms and not even be aware of it.  Celiac disease, which is a sensitivity to gluten, can have very mild symptoms or very extreme ones that are life threatening, causing chronic health problems.  Quite often, symptoms vary so much from one person to another that testing can be quite challenging for medical professionals.

Typically, doctors would test you for celiac disease by comparing common gluten sensitivity symptoms to those that you are experiencing.  Then, they perform various tests which either reject or confirm their diagnosis.  Since it has always been difficult to test for this condition in the past, many people have lived with the disease for 10 years of more before they are diagnosed.

Common Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms

Weight gain, depression and excessive fatigue are the most common symptoms associated with celiac disease.  Joint aches and body aches are also popular complaints that are often misdiagnosed in patients as being unexplained symptoms of infertility or fibromyalgia.

Some people also have digestive symptoms present as well such as bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, weight loss, diarrhea and constipation.  Since all of these symptoms are often found in other gastrointestinal disorders, they are often misdiagnosed as well.  Until recently, even if a patient had chronic digestive complaints, gluten sensitivity was rarely suspected.

Infections

Some gluten sensitivity symptoms are in the form of specific infections that rarely seem digestive tract related.  Having a gluten sensitivity can cause a substantial amount of damage to your small intestine's lining which actually houses about 70 percent of your body's immune system.

Secretory IgA are the most damaged properties by gluten sensitivity.  Tissues in your immune system produce these antibodies that play an important role in killing pathogens that come in contact with tissues containing mucous such as the eyes, mouth, sinuses, respiratory tract, urinary tract, digestive tract and vagina.

When secretory IgA are destroyed, you are more vulnerable to the flu and colds as well as sinus, vaginal, eye, gut and urinary tract infections.  Therefore, people that are showing gluten sensitivity symptoms are typically also plagued with these illnesses even though the two do not seem at all related.

Nutrient Deficiencies

Gluten sensitivity symptoms often completely overlook nutrient deficiencies but they really are primary clues that there is intestinal damage.  Unexplained anemia, vitamin B12 and vitamin D deficiencies, magnesium deficiencies and low levels of calcium should all be taken seriously as they can cause mental changes and peripheral neuropathy.

It has now been proven that celiac disease is a huge cause of osteoporosis.  Many dangerous drugs and unwanted doctor visits could have been avoided for many people if individuals had been diagnosed correctly from the beginning.

 

Infertility

It is now believed that gluten sensitivity may be one of the main infertility causes in both men and women, studies have suggested that women who have either lost at least one pregnancy or have no known reasons for infertility, have a 10 percent higher diagnosis of celiac disease.  Of course, most of these women seemed or thought that they were perfectly healthy and showed no gluten sensitivity symptoms.

A gluten free diet for both men and women is now being proven to increase fertility.  Anyone who has unexplained infertility is now being recommended to try a gluten-free diet to test for results.

Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are now being considered celiac disease symptoms as well.  In autoimmune disorders, your body's immune system actually attacks its own tissues or organs.  This destruction leaves your body vulnerable to other immune system issues.

People that have been diagnosed with various autoimmune disorders are now seeing their disease go into remission by following a gluten-free diet in as little as two to six months.