30 percent of Irritable bowel cases caused by gluten sensitivity

After years of irritable bowel syndrome, I am now off gluten as a result of what I read in these papers:

Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity Diagnosed by Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Challenge: Exploring a New Clinical Entity

CONCLUSIONS:

Our data confirm the existence of non-celiac WS as a distinct clinical condition. We also suggest the existence of two distinct populations of subjects with WS: one with characteristics more similar to CD and the other with characteristics pointing to food allergy….  During the study period, 920 patients with IBS diagnosis under- went the elimination diet and subsequent DBPC challenge  of these, 276 (30 % ) were suffering from WS as they became asymptomatic (VAS score < 10) on elimination diet and showed symptoms again (increase in VAS score > 30) during the DBPC challenge.

This one shows that 30% of IBS sufferers they looked at has wheat sensitivity. I’ve had IBS since I was a kid. At this point in my reading I realized there was about a 1/3 chance I was gluten sensitive. Started giving some thought to going gluten free just to see.

A controlled trial of gluten-free diet in patients with irritable bowel syndrome-diarrhea: effects on bowel frequency and intestinal function.

Gluten alters bowel barrier functions in patients with IBS-D, particularly in HLA-DQ2/8-positive patients. These findings reveal a reversible mechanism for the disorder.

I read a lot of medical papers. There’s a bigger medical study with IBS in the works, but It’ll be a while before it comes out.

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