Are you on a gluten-free diet because you think that protein is causing your gastro-intestinal disorders?
If you have switched to a gluten-free diet without consulting your doctor, you might be doing more harm to your health than good. Read on to know more details.
What’s The Study?
The latest study indicates that many individuals who are on a gluten-free diet are not appropriately examined for celiac disease.
The researchers at the Eastern Health Clinical School at Monash University and Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia performed a study on 144 members who said that they were suffering from NCGS or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
It was found that forty-four percent of the members started on a gluten-free diet without consulting a doctor while sixty-nine percent of the members were not diagnosed properly for celiac disease. Researchers indicate the importance of getting diagnosed for a celiac disease or gluten sensitivity before eliminating protein from a diet. As later it can become difficult to point out if protein was the culprit once it is removed from the body.
A shocking revelation of the study was that seventy-two members were found to not have celiac gluten sensitivity. On the other hand, sixty-two percent of the members were found to meet the conditions for NCGS. Also, twenty-four percent were dealing with gastrointestinal disorder in spite of being on a gluten-free diet. It is important that you know that both celiac disease (also known as wheat allergy) and irritable bowel syndrome can cause related symptoms.
It is highly risky to believe that you are suffering from a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease without actually being diagnosed by a specialist. If you think you have symptoms caused by such diseases, consult a doctor for an examination in order to avoid any complications in the future.
What are the symptoms that you should consider important enough to consult a specialist? The director of the Mount Sinai Gastrointestinal Motility Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Gina Sam pointed a few of the important symptoms that are significant indicators to book an appointment with a specialist: