Gluten Intolerance: A universal term used to refer to anyone who experiences problems related to ingestion of gluten. (Note, other sources, including Kenneth D. Fine who is referred to as a pioneer in gluten intolerance research, refers to this universal term as “gluten sensitivity.”). With “general” gluten intolerance, there is no indication of damage to the small intestine. The symptoms of Gluten Intolerance may resemble the gastrointestinal symptoms of celiac disease, and can be caused either by an intolerance to gluten or under-consumption of nutrients due to illness.
Celiac Disease: A subset of gluten intolerance. Genetically inherited and chronic, celiac disease damages the small intestine, preventing nutrients from being properly absorbed…which leads to gastrointestinal distress and eventually, malnourishment.
• Other terms: celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, and nontropical sprue (latter is an older term).
• Term for someone suspected of having CD, but not diagnosed as such: NCGS/Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive
Dermatitis Herpetiformis: a chronic skin disease triggered by an immune response to ingestion of gluten, “DH” is a hereditary autoimmune disease linked with gluten intolerance. In addition to affecting the skin with groups of itchy, watery blisters, the disease can cause damage to the small intestine…though usually not as severe as with celiac disease.
Gluten intolerance, otherwise known as gluten sensitivity, is characterized by an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. The condition is widespread, affecting an estimated 30% of Americans—with 1 in 225 suffering from a severe form of sensitivity called celiac disease, which damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of essential nutrients.
Symptoms of gluten intolerance can be undetectable, and many people dismiss its potential symptoms, including constipation, heartburn, fatigue, and joint pain, as unrelated to a digestive immune disorder. As a result, gluten intolerance and celiac disease remain largely undiagnosed in the U.S. The good news is that awareness is on the rise and more people are following a gluten free diet to manage their symptoms and live healthier.
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