Gluten sensitivity is a condition with symptoms similar to those of celiac disease that improve when gluten is eliminated from the diet. At the end of this article, I have a link to a gluten intolerance test. However, if you would like to check it out now, click here.
Symptoms to look for in a gluten intolerance test
People with a sensitivity to gluten can experience symptoms such as:
- “foggy mind”
- ADHD-like behavior
- abdominal pain
- chronic fatigue
- and bone or joint pain
…when they have gluten in their diet, however, other symptoms are possible too.
While these are typical symptoms of celiac disease, these people do not test positive for a wheat allergy or celiac disease.
Individuals who are diagnosed with a sensitivity to gluten do not experience small intestine damage or develop tissue transglutaminase (tTG) antibodies familiar to celiac disease.
There is no current blood test for gluten sensitivity, so the only way to be diagnosed is to undergo screening and diagnostic tests necessary to confirm celiac disease.
There would be a confirmation of gluten sensitivity when there is no diagnosis of wheat allergy or celiac disease. That being said, your symptoms decline after beginning a gluten-free diet, and they will return if gluten is reintroduced into your diet.
When it comes to gluten sensitivity, there is no actual cure. What is important is to follow a diet of gluten free foods, as this is the only way to treat the condition.
IMPORTANT: Do not diagnose yourself. If you think you may have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, talk to your medical practitioner about getting tested before you start a gluten-free diet, as this is the best way to ensure you have accurate test results and in turn protect your health in the long-term.
Gluten Free Diet is a Lifestyle
Because going on a gluten-free diet takes a great deal of education and commitment, it is recommended that proper testing is performed to identify whether the diet is right for you.
Remember choosing to go gluten free is not a diet trend; it is a permanent lifestyle that should really be taken seriously as even small amounts of exposure to gluten can cause issues.
The right lab test must be used to get an accurate diagnosis of gluten sensitivity.
Are you Gluten Intolerant?
Some people feel so much better after going on a gluten free diet plan, that they forgo any testing and just stay on the diet. Others, however, need a to know either way for sure. Without an answer, they have trouble justifying being on the diet and will frequently cheat.
That being said, cheating is a problem because gluten can cause harm to the body in small amounts (20 ppm). So, the best way to get a black and white answer is to be genetically tested.
If, for some reason you are not able or cannot afford to have genetic testing, below is a link to a quick self test that you can take to help determine whether you are gluten sensitive or not.