Screenshot_13In recent years, the awareness surrounding celiac disease, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity has been on the rise. With this, many people have begun to notice that the symptoms associated with these conditions are actually describing symptoms they have dealt with for months or even years. However, which one of these ailments is actually causing these symptoms in those who are experiencing? While you may not be aware, all three of the aforementioned conditions are not the same. In this post, we will educate you on the difference between them and what it means for those who experience the symptoms caused by them.

Celiac Disease

dreamstime_xxl_3428033This is an autoimmune disease that causes gluten, the protein found in wheat, to damage the inner surface of the small intestine. It also prevents nutrients from being absorbed which often leads to vitamin deficiencies in the body. While there are no known cures for celiac disease, the treatment includes avoiding gluten entirely by making the proper nutritional changes.

Gluten Intolerance/Sensitivity

Often mistaken for celiac disease, a gluten intolerance or sensitivity is not an autoimmune disease. While it does render the same sorts of symptoms as celiac, it does not result in damage occurring to the small intestine. Most of the time this is diagnosed when a doctor can rule out celiac disease and a wheat allergy in a patient.

Wheat Allergy

Because gluten is found in the majority of wheat products, a wheat allergy can quite frequently be diagnosed as a gluten allergy or as celiac disease. From time to time, this food allergy can also be mistaken for an allergy to milk, eggs, fish, soy or peanuts.

If you think you may be suffering from one of these conditions or allergies, you should contact the West Gastroenterology Office in Los Angeles today! We see patients every day who suffer from celiac disease and we know the discomfort and pain that comes along with it. If you can do something to eliminate your constant symptoms, wouldn’t you want to? We can diagnose you and hopefully eliminate your symptoms sooner rather than later. You will be happy you came to see us.