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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity


Your blood test for celiac disease came back negative. Now what?

Celiac Disease vs. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity handoutIf you have been suffering symptoms that seem related to gluten, it may be possible that you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Research estimates that 18 million Americans have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. That’s 6 times the amount of Americans who have celiac disease.

Researchers are just beginning to explore non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but we’d like to educate you on what we’ve learned thus far. Follow NFCA as we present a series of Q&As on non-celiac gluten sensitivity throughout 2012.

Part 1: Introduction and Definitions

Includes answers to:

  • What is non-celiac gluten sensitivity?
  • What is an innate immune response?
  • What are the symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity?
  • If the symptoms are so similar, how is it different from celiac disease?
  • Is non-celiac gluten sensitivity different from a wheat allergy?

Part 2: Testing and Diagnosis

Includes answers to:

  • How can I get tested for non-celiac gluten sensitivity?
  • I’m already gluten-free and I feel much better than I did when eating gluten. Can I just assume that I have non-celiac gluten sensitivity?
  • Are there any dangers to a false diagnosis of non-celiac gluten sensitivity?

Part 3: Family and Related Conditions

Includes answers to:

  • Does having a family member with celiac disease make you more susceptible to non-celiac gluten sensitivity?
  • If I have non-celiac gluten sensitivity now, does that mean I would develop celiac disease if I continued to eat gluten?
  • Are there any conditions that appear to be related to non-celiac gluten sensitivity?

Part 4: Future Areas for Research

Includes answers to:

  • Does having non-celiac gluten sensitivity increase your risk of developing other autoimmune disorders?
  • We know that peripheral neuropathy can be associated with celiac disease. Is there a similar relationship between non-celiac gluten sensitivity and other neurological conditions?
  • When will we know more about the long-term complications of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)?
 
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