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Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome Could Be Tied to Gluten Intolerance

Posted Aug 17 2012 8:44pm

If you’ve been experience tummy troubles for years—gas, bloating, stomach aches, and diarrhea, you’ve likely already been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). New research regardingceliac disease, however, is linking IBS with gluten intolerance and doctors are recommending IBS sufferers, especially those with diarrhea-predominant IBS.

     Celiac disease, also known ascoeliac disease, is an autoimmune disease which is caused by an allergic reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, often affecting the entire body and manifesting various physical and mental symptoms. Agluten-free dietis the treatment for this disease.

     New research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has shown that people with IBS are four times more likely to have celiac disease than those without IBS. Doctors, often uneducated about celiac disease or improperly taught that its symptoms are dramatic, don’t associate the common symptoms of IBS, stomachaches, bloating, fatigue, and diarrhea, with celiac disease orgluten intolerance.

     The diagnosis isn’t difficult to test for. Simple blood tests detect the disease over ninety percent of the time. The diagnosis is then confirmed by an upper endoscopy. A small, flexible tube is slipped into the mouth of the sedated patient, down his esophagus and stomach and into the first part of the small intestine, where biopsies are taken and then examined for changes seen in celiac disease.

     In the January 2009 issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, the American College of Gastroenterology began recommending that doctors screen patients who manifest symptoms of IBS for celiac disease as well.

     This is good news for people who are suffering for celiac disease, since after a correct diagnosis is made, they can begin the rapid road to recovery with a gluten-free diet. As people become more aware of celiac disease and gluten intolerance,gluten-free foodsandgluten-free cookingbecome more and more available. There are now many deliciousgluten-free recipesavailable for favorite foods and desserts such as gluten-free pizza,gluten-free muffins, andgluten-free cupcakes. Adults and children alike who are gluten intolerant can still enjoy a gluten-free balanced diet with a variety of gluten-free choices.

     If you have been diagnosed with IBS or have similar symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor today to get tested for celiac disease or gluten intolerance. It may just bring you the relief you’ve been looking for all these years.


Miranda Jade Turbin 

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