Keyword: autoimmune

If I understand correctly, there isn’t a gluten allergy because celiac is an autoimmune response, while gluten intolerance is a gastrointestinal response. For someone to have a gluten allergy they would have to be allergic to the proteins of glutenin and gliadin and have an allergic response. Is it even possible to have a true allergy to glutenin and gliadin? Obviously I am not an expert but from my research there isn’t a gluten allergy, it is a misused/inaccurate phrase that is used to describe gluten intolerance and non celiac gluten sensitivity.

When we say “wheat allergy” it is clear that there is an allergic response to the ingestion of wheat; and because it is only protein that causes an allergic reaction, one can assume “wheat allergy” is indeed a reaction to the protein content of wheat, hence most likely either glutenins or gliadins (although wheta also… Read more »

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Can celiac disease cause psoriasis?

The prevalence of psoriasis, which is also an autoimmune condition, is slightly more elevated in those with celiac disease than those who don’t have it, but we don’t know if celiac causes it.

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What’s the difference between celiac disease, gluten intolerance, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy?

We use “wheat intolerance syndrome” when referring to the entire category of gluten issues: celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy. Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. “Non-celiac gluten sensitivity” (what many call “gluten intolerance”) causes the body to mount a stress response (often… Read more »

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Is celiac disease a rare condition?

No. Celiac disease affects at least 1% of the United States population, or nearly 3 million Americans—it’s the most prevalent genetic autoimmune disorder in the world. Yet, upwards of 90% of those who have it remain undiagnosed.

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Once I’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease and have begun a gluten-free diet, will it prevent other autoimmune disease, such as diabetes?

In the vast majority of patients who have both diseases, Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed before celiac disease. Unfortunately, if celiac disease is diagnosed first and a gluten-free diet is started it won’t prevent the possible development of Type 1 Diabetes. While about 10% of Type 1 Diabetics have celiac disease, only about 3-5% of… Read more »

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