What does Gluten Sensitivity Mean?
Gluten sensitivity has now earned the distinction of being a condition separate from celiac disease. A study conducted by a group of American and Italian researchers in 2001 found that a subset of patients made up of children and adults showed many of the same symptoms typical of celiac, but had none of the intestinal damage characteristic of the disease. These individuals had an unusually high number of inflammatory proteins (part of the immune system’s first line of defense) and a noticeably low number of suppressor T-cells (responsible for calming inflammation once a threat is no longer present) which can bring on dizziness, fatigue, and general flu-like symptoms. The villi and microvilli in the intestinal tract remained undamaged and their bodies were fully able to absorb nutrients unlike celiac sufferers. Gluten sensitivity symptoms are identified by gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fatigue and balance issues. If you’re unsure whether you have a gluten sensitivity or actually suffer from celiac disease, see your health care provider for testing.