It’s so rare case when the real medical advice gives a life for a new line in diet fashion but it happened to gluten-free issue. Originally this advice oriented to people who suffer from Celiac disease because gluten is a kind of allergen for them which makes discomfort and worsens a patient’s state. So who thought out the gluten-free food would help to lose weight we never learn maybe. As a result the consumers have a plenty of labels of meal everywhere that is gluten-free and a warning from doctors that the true Celiac disease suffers have to be careful with this food too, especially with gluten-free pizza from Domino’s Pizza because it’s nonsense…
If you are about to quit eating gluten containing things as bread, cereals and so on only because you want to lose some weight, please, learn before some facts about true gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease.
What Is Gluten?
This stuff makes dough elastic, assists it in keeping shape. This protein contains gliadin and glutenin that give us wheat starch and it is almost of half of flour protein content.
What Is Celiac Disease?
The consumption of gluten food by Celiac Disease suffers head for problems in their small intestine. It’s a reaction of their immune system. The patients become displeased with any meal because digestive process after gluten contained food go wrong way and cause problems. The diagnosing of this illness can be awkward, there are too many similar symptoms of other diseases and Celiac Disease as a rule it’s not only sickness a patient suffers from at the moment. So the misdiagnosis happen a quite often. Official statistic says that 1 in every 133 people in USA is suffering from Celiac Disease.
Symptoms Of Celiac
From the beginning Celiac can become apparent as pain in stomach, losing appetite, abrupt weight loss, nausea, diarrhea… later it can be problems with menstrual periods, dermatitis, hair loss, high skin sensitiveness with fast bruises’ displaying.
Diagnosing The Disease
The illness is diagnosing with a blood test which can show certain antibodies presence and an upper endoscopy that helps to understand if a patient has damage in small intestine or duodenum. If this combination of researching reveals that person’s body doesn’t absorb nutrients in normal way the doctor can prescribe the gluten-free diet. After a while the tests have to be repeated. Also such examination is recommended to relatives of patient because of high risk of Celiac for them too.
The Longterm Damage Of Celiac
So what does happen to body if the disease lives in it for a long time? The organism can’t absorb the nutrients and vitamins from food and all of them leave the body with stool. A patient suffers from vitamin shortage and can lose weight pretty fast. A person can face with neurological troubles, stunted growth and low density of bones. The further leak of calcium and vitamin D would head for a range of bone sickness: osteopenia, osteoporosis, osteomalacia. The Celiac Disease can become a reason of gastrointestinal cancer as well.
Celiac’s Dietary Restrictions
The Celiac patients have to avoid food containing usual types of wheat flour and starch, couscous, bran, rye, barley. Nowadays laws make producers to mark the meals with special “gluten-free” labels by reason of warning for Celiac suffers. So the diet plan for such people includes corn and rice, soy, potato, beans, tapioca and nut flours. The restricted amount of oats is allowed too. More information everyone can find on special internet resources, for example, the Celiac Disease Foundation site.
Gluten Intolerance And Gluten Sensitivity
There is a notion of gluten intolerance and it is different from Celiac Disease issue. Those people have similar reaction on eating of gluten-not-free food but they don’t have immune system problems after. There is no still an exact answer from researchers if the long term gluten tolerance affects to health of intestine. Another known form of gluten aberration is the gluten sensitivity. It becomes apparent in more light form after eating gluten food and doesn’t damage to the intestinal lining at all.
Should You Go Gluten-Free?
If you live any problem after eating gluten meals it’s worthy to go to doctor, maybe you have true precondition for gluten-free diet by your health reason. But would it be useful for the majority of us who just want to lose weight? The gluten-free products often contain high calories and carbohydrates so it’s a big risk to get some weight quite the contrary. The balanced diet would be best choice for people who follow their weight and health, it wouldn’t make any harm to you for sure.