A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at almost 30,000 patients from 1969 to 2008 and examined deaths in three groups: Those with full-blown celiac disease, those with inflammation of their intestine but not full-blown celiac disease, and those with latent celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (elevated gluten antibodies but negative intestinal biopsy).
The findings were dramatic. There was a 39 percent increased risk of death in those with celiac disease, 72 percent increased risk in those with gut inflammation related to gluten, and 35 percent increased risk in those with gluten sensitivity but no celiac disease.
Granted I have a skewed population in front of me because people hire me because they are sick and tired…and tired of being sick and tired. But I see it all the time. 1 in 133 have Celiac but most haven’t been diagnosed yet. And, milder forms of gluten sensitivity are even more common and may affect up to one-third of the American population. Think about you and your family and friends. One third affected by gluten!
This collection of diseases and intolerances can masquerade as a plethora of diseases. It’s critical that you understand that we now know that only a minority of people will have the classic Celiac signs (diarrhea, malnutrition, osteoporosis, anemia, weight loss). In millions more, the disease manifests as heart disease, cancers, auto immune diseases, psychiatric disorders, neurological diseases, autism and more. That’s because inflammation (to the gluten) drives inflammatory processes throughout the whole body. For those who are sensitive, mediators are released and enter the blood stream. They can and do cross the blood brain barrier. They affect everything.
The simple answer is life long removal of gluten. BUT WAIT. Before you do that, get educated and see your doctor. Or hire me to guide you through the process because not all doctors are up on this yet. Our tests aren’t that great (see my E Learning courses for even more information!)
Seriously…the things I hear! What you need to know is that if you go off gluten and you feel better and let months go by before testing, your test will be negative. It should be. You removed the offender. But now we won’t know if you are a Celiac or “just” gluten sensitive. Most are likely to cheat and thus be a statistic like I opened this article with. Inflammation DRIVES disease. All chronic disease we have is driven by inflammation.
Don’t be a statistic.
Personally, I recommend the Cyrex Array 3 panel as the best test on the market. No matter what you do, know the facts before you just give up gluten without adequate testing. You wouldn’t forego a mammogram or thermogram and just assume an answer would you?