Monday, November 9, 2009

Health & Wellness

Gluten Free Diet Growing In Importance

Though we have known the benefits of a gluten free diet to Celiacs for awhile now, doctors are now linking gluten to other medical conditions. Though they may be willing to see a connection, many are unwilling to prescribe a gluten free diet to treat such illness. Unfortunately the medical community still see this diet as another mystical remedy promoted through organic outlets in college towns. Unless you can fix it with a pill prescription, healthy choice ways of treating ailments are treated more as a myth than a viable solution. Hopefully as more time passes, doctors will see that there are many less traveled roads to cures than modern medicine realizes.

Fibromyalgia is illness that has shown improvement through a gluten free diet. People who suffer from the unrelenting pain of fibromyalgia are interested in finding any solution they can. One option that has come up in recent years is the possibility of using diet for fibromyalgia treatment. People suffering from fibromyalgia have found that when they alter their diet for fibromyalgia, eliminating certain foods that aggravate their symptoms, they may have a reduction in pain. One of the substances most frequently eliminated when adjusting your diet for fibromyalgia is gluten.

There is also reason for diabetics to pay attention to the gluten free diet. People with type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of celiac disease, and about 8 to 10 percent of people with type 1 diabetes also have celiac disease. Symptoms of the disease are generally gastrointestinal -- bloating, gas, and diarrhea -- but not everyone gets them. Because it interferes with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, celiac disease also can cause weight loss and fatigue.

We are not saying that the gluten free diet is a cure all for all illnesses, but we are seeing a growing importance as it is linked to many other medical conditions. Please consult your physician if you have an illness that you may think is related to gluten. Though knowledge is key, it is never a smart move to self prescribe any medical treatment, no matter how informed you may think you are.

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