Gluten Sensitivity versus Celiac Disease: Is there a Difference?
Yes there is
, according to Dr. Alessio Fasano and an increasingly larger segment of the medical community.
While not all physicians agree that this condition exists, Dr. Alessio Fasano and his research team at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research assert that Gluten Sensitivity
(also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity) is distinct from Celiac Disease. Here’s why: Celiac Disease is an autoimmune response in your body triggered by the gluten protein. The gluten protein spurs an autoimmune attack on the small intestine
. However, it is posited that in the case of gluten sensitivity, the body views gluten as an invader and attacks it
, causing symptoms similar to Celiac Disease, but, presumably, without the same long-term damage that untreated Celiac Disease causes.
Through their research, Dr. Fasano and his team claim that approximately 18 million
or 6% of the United States population have a gluten sensitivity. However, other researchers assert that the amount of people with gluten sensiviity is upwards of 50% of the population.
For more information on gluten sensitivity check out the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research page
To read Dr. Fasano's (relatively short) research article click here.
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