"I have never been diagosed with celiac disease, but have been eating gluten free now for 2 weeks. My RA has 85% less pain and I have lost 8 lbs so far. My concern is can or will I develope celiac disease by eliminating all gluten. I...
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Should we all be avoiding gluten? For most people, a gluten-free diet offers no benefits; in fact, it may even bring unwanted results, such as weight gain and nutritional deficiencies. Experts concur that gluten-free eating performs wonders for one group of people: those, like my friend Anne, who have celiac disease.
Moreover, the list of symptoms has ballooned. Celiac disease is now implicated in a huge list of symptoms beyond digestive problems, including arthritis, anemia, infertility, a rash on the elbows and knees often mistaken for psoriasis, improper formation of tooth enamel and osteoporosis.
To complicate matters further, some people with celiac disease are completely asymptomatic. Doctors who are savvy about risk factors spot the red flags in a patient’s medical history and recommend the proper screens: an initial blood test that detects the antibodies created when a person with celiac disease consumes gluten and then a biopsy of the small intestine to confirm damage to intestinal villi. Anyone with a relative who has celiac disease should be tested. So should people with other autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes or thyroid disease: having one autoimmune condition increases your risk for developing others. (My friend Anne, who had suffered gastrointestinal problems for years, was diagnosed shortly after discovering she had a thyroid disorder.)