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Gluten – Should my Diet be Gluten-Free?

Gluten – Should my Diet be Gluten-Free?

What is Gluten?

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale. The science on gluten sensitivity is evolving quickly and we’re starting to learn much more about this condition. Since so many foods and restaurants are now advertising gluten-free options, I often have patients ask me if they should be “gluten-free”. Due to these questions, I wanted to provide a brief overview on these diets and a few common questions related to gluten.

What Symptoms are Indicative of Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease?

These symptoms are signs that you may have an issue:

  • You have chronic GI symptoms. A few of the more common chronic GI symptoms include but are not limited to – diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and bloating.
  • You’re deficient in iron, folate, or vitamin B12.
  • You have a family history of celiac disease.
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