The Ides of March bring not just wind but winnowing.
This month, a new gluten sensitivity (GS) study by celiac disease pioneer Dr Fasano shows that gluten sensitivity affects about 6% of U.S. adults.
GS is a different form of immune dysfunction than celiac disease (CD), which affects about 1% of U.S. adults.
The WSJ gluten piece notes that the higher gluten wheat in production now may trigger GS. There is 4x as much CD in the U.S as 50 years ago.
GS is something patients have noticed, but clinicians have not had a way to pick up on. Celiac testing can rule out CD, but can be expensive.
Many readers are starting with the secure Gluten Free Quiz to identify their symptoms.
They get their Should You Be Gluten Free Score, and then speak with their doctors and get tested. That’s progress.
In the last 10 days, over 1800 people have taken Gluten Free Quiz: here are several results from that time:
- 84% female
- 68% with abdominal bloating
- 65% with fatigue (the most common symptom of CD)
- 20% with irritable bowel syndrome (may be GS in disguise)
- 14% with a past or present diagnostic rash of CD, dermatitis herpetiformis: these are people who must get tested, now.
- 8% with a first or second degree relative with CD
- 26% with high scores, indicating the need for testing
CD untreated can mean osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions, other autoimmune conditions and rarely, intestinal cancer.
GS symptoms: abdominal pain similar to irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, headaches, “foggy mind”. Here is a good explanation.