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DBrown8614 01-06-2010 03:58 AM

Eating Bread Could Be Killing You . . interesting read!
 
Gluten Consumption Could Be Killing You


Corbis
By Ronnie Koenig

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with diagnosed, undiagnosed and latent celiac disease had a higher risk of death, mostly from heart disease and cancer, according to an article published by The Huffington Post.

Celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by the consumption of gluten. Gluten is found in pasta, bread, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. If a person with celiac eats gluten, a reaction triggered in the small intestine causes damage to the surface of the small intestine and the inability to digest certain nutrients. Eventually, this lack of nutrient absorption can lead to vitamin deficiencies that deprive the brain, nervous system, bones and liver of vital nourishment.

The study, which involved 30,000 patients and took place from 1969 to 2008, revealed some startling news for those with even slight gluten sensitivity: What you are eating could be killing you.

There was a 39 percent increased risk of death in those with celiac disease, a 72 percent increased risk in those with gut inflammation related to gluten and a 35 percent increased risk in those with gluten sensitivity, but no celiac disease.

Alberto Rubio-Tapia, M.D., author of a report on the increased prevalence of celiac disease in the US, spoke to Reuters about what might be causing this sensitivity in Americans.

"As celiac disease is triggered by gluten, we can speculate that maybe some changes in gluten, such as patterns of consumption, processing or preparation of gluten-containing foods, might be factors; however, extensive scientific evidence is lacking," he said.

Many people with celiac or gluten sensitivity go undiagnosed. According to a review paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, there are 55 diseases that can be caused by eating gluten, including irritable bowel syndrome,anemia and cancer. Gluten is also linked to autoimmune diseases and psychiatric and neurological diseases, including depression. Of course, not all of these diseases are necessarily caused by gluten, but if you have a chronic illness, it could be a culprit.

According to Mark Hyman, M.D., founder of the UltraWellness Center, the most serious form of allergy to gluten, celiac disease, affects one in every 100 people, or three million Americans. And most people with gluten allergies don't know they have it. “Milder forms of gluten sensitivity are even more common and may affect up to one-third of the American population,” he says. Some symptoms of celiac include intermittent diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating, though many with the disease have no gastrointestinal symptoms at all.

There is no cure for celiac disease, though it can be managed with a diet that eliminates all gluten. For a list of all foods that contain gluten, see Celiac Disease & Gluten-free Diet Information Since 1995 - Celiac.com.

chiody 01-06-2010 04:02 AM

Jannis,

Are there any home test for Celiac? A friend of mine tells me he's gluten intolerant and has had GI problems the last decade or so.

I'll forward your post to him, thanks.

DBrown8614 01-06-2010 07:09 AM

There is a home test that you can order. If you google Celiac home test you will find their website, however, there is a cost involved. You can also go to a doctor and order a test (blood) to be made. HTH

anulu 03-09-2010 09:53 AM

I am off bread, thankfully.

kmatcek 03-14-2010 03:48 PM

I don't miss bread too much myself
mostly this is a test post


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