Celiac Disease? Gluten Allergy? Gluten Sensitivity?
Diagnostic tools are available for celiac disease and gluten allergies. At this time there are no diagnostic tools to detect gluten induced sensitivity, except the elimination diet including complete exclusion of gluten containing foods. Current recommendations include working with your medical team to rule out the possibility of celiac disease before initiating an elimination diet.
People with celiac disease and people with gluten sensitivity respond positively to a strict gluten-free diet. A gluten sensitivity diagnosis is currently used for people suffering some of the same symptoms, from ingested gluten, as people with celiac disease, but the celiac diagnostic blood tests are negative and no damage is present in the small intestine.
An estimated six percent of the U.S. population, or 18 million people, may be classified with gluten sensitivity, based upon patient data review in Sweden and Italy.
Gluten can be hard on digestive tracts DR. PAUL DONOHUE column November 3, 2011