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Medical Conditions Related to Gluten

There are many medical conditions that might be related to having gluten in your diet. Some of these medical conditions are quite severe and need you to undertake a gluten-free diet to keep yourself healthy – both in body and mind.

Celiac Disease.

Unfortunately, by far the most common gluten disease in Australia. An autoimmune disease, this type of illness sees the immune system attacking itself. When someone with celiac disease eats food that contains gluten, the immune system will attack the intestinal lining of the person, causing severe cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and other intestinal pains.

In the long term, patients who have celiac disease continue eating gluten products, they can suffer small intestine damage. There are other long-term health effects including, Type 1 diabetes, anaemia, migraines, skin rashes and in severe cases, intestine cancer.

There is no reason as to why people become celiac, but there have been studies conducted that say it often runs in families. The only way for people to have a healthy life is to avoid all gluten products and undertake a gluten-free diet. While this might be stressful at first, it becomes routine and a part of life.

Non-Celiac Sensitivity.

This might sound like a confusing symptom, but it can be easily dissected. Non-celiac sensitivity is much like the celiac disease, in which patients suffer similar types of symptoms, including severe cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and other intestinal pains. The only difference is that people with non-celiac sensitivity do not test positive of celiac disease, after conducting the necessary tests and screenings.

The positive aspect is that non-celiac sensitivity patients do not suffer long-term health effects, such as Type 1 diabetes, anaemia, migraines, skin rashes, intestine cancer and intestinal damage that is associated with celiac disease. However, people with non-celiac sensitivity have to undertake a gluten-free diet to stay healthy and avoid pains and symptoms.

Wheat Allergy.

Much like certain foods have an allergic reaction to people, wheat does the same. Typically, as with most allergic reactions, hours after eating wheat products, people will suffer “classic” allergic reactions, such as digestive, skin and respiratory issues. People with wheat allergies should avoid all wheat-based products and food, and it is suggested they undertake a gluten-free diet.

 If you think you might be celiac and have a negative reaction to gluten products, please see your doctor or a medical professional today.

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