Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

Until the last 10 years or so, symptoms of gluten intolerance were not widely recognized among the medical community. Unlike celiac disease or gluten (actually wheat) allergies, gluten intolerance cannot always be identified by a response in the immune system.

Gluten intolerance is really something if a catch-all phrase that refers to a situation where ingesting gluten makes a person unwell, although symptoms may not appear until a day or two afterwards. Scientists don't understand the mechanisms yet - but studies are increasing.

Gluten intolerance symptoms are similar to some of those of celiac disease, but without the autoimmune component:

weight loss or weight gain
gastro-intestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
aching joints
head aches
irritability and behavioral changes

A person with gluten intolerance who stays away from gluten will feel better. If they do eat gluten, they may be quite ill, but there is currently no evidence of the kind of lasting damage seen with celiac disease.

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