Who should be screened for gluten sensitivity?

Who should be screened for gluten sensitivity?
Because research has shown that as many as 30% of all Americans may be gluten sensitive, and that 1 in 225 have a severe form of this sensitivity causing the intestinal disease called celiac sprue, a case can be made that everyone in America should be screened for gluten sensitivity. However, there are people with various risk factors or diseases that are at greater risk of developing gluten sensitivity who should undoubtedly be tested. These include:

  • Microscopic colitis
  • Relatives of gluten-sensitive individuals
  • Gluten-sensitive individuals 1 year after treatment
  • Chronic diarrhea of unknown origin
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Autoimmune liver disease
  • Other causes of chronic liver disease
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Diabetes mellitus, type 1
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Scleroderma
  • Autoimmune thyroid disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Psoriasis
  • Any autoimmune syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • AIDS
  • Osteoporosis
  • Iron deficiency
  • Short stature in children
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Mothers of kids with neural tube defects
  • Female infertility
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Cerebellar ataxia
  • Seizure disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Depression
  • Alcoholism
  • Autism


Not just a fad diet, we have seen many of these conditions improve or be healed within 2-4 weeks of going gluten free.  The body can react to gluten by causing internal inflammation-depending on your level of sensitivity. I have lived with it all my life and not really noticed until I went gluten free for 2 weeks.  I lost 4 pounds of water in 10 days and I wasn’t eating less calories or working out more.  Those 4 pounds were water because I tested my bodyfat to be sure.

I don’t have chronic pain or any auto immune disorder that I know of but from our workshops and feedback from clients, people are curing things left and right.  You owe it to yourself to either get tested ( call Nourishing Wellness, http://www.nourishingwellness.com) and speak to Jeanne or Dr Allen Peters and/ or try gluten free living for 2-3 weeks and see what happens.

Written by Jeanne Peters RD and J.J. Flizanes

We offer coaching for fitness, weight loss and nutrition.

800 571 5722


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