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Do You Have a Gluten Allergy?
There’s a lot of information in the news about problems caused by gluten allergies. There’s a
wide range of symptoms that can be caused by a gluten allergy or, even more seriously, a disease
called celiac. Before we look at the symptoms, let’s get to the basics of gluten.
Gluten is actually a protein that’s found in some grains. You’ll find this protein in wheat, rye,
and barley. It’s not found in oats, but some oats get exposed to other grains during processing so
it’s possible to be exposed to it from eating them.
If you have a gluten allergy, eating foods high in gluten can be a miserable experience. You may
find that you feel bloated and have digestive problems. You may also find that you have a hard
time losing weight while some people lose weight because of malnutrition.
Gluten intolerance can also make you feel fatigued and have headaches after eating grains that
contain gluten. It can also lead to skin problems such as eczema. You may also have problems
with irritability and even depression as a result of this allergy.
Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that can be very problematic. With this disease,
eating food with gluten can cause terrible diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and other digestive
problems. Celiac disease can be so serious that hospitalization and surgery are required.
If you’ve been having digestive problems, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider
about celiac disease and get tested. Even if you don’t have a serious form of celiac, you may
find that you have an allergy to gluten.