Recently, gluten intolerance has become a modern disease. It's as if ever since the so-called celiac disease started being talked about, everyone started suffering from it.
The truth is that gluten intolerance is relatively rare - between 0.3 and 1% of people worldwide exhibit the symptoms of a reaction to gluten.
There are conditions that resemble gluten intolerance in symptomatology. These include gluten sensitivity. Before you rush to declare yourself gluten-tolerant, see which diseases are strikingly similar in symptoms to gluten intolerance.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
If you have recurring abdominal pain and discomfort, gas and bloating, this may be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome.
The exact cause of this syndrome is not completely clear. The factors that have an impact are sensitivity of the intestinal mucosa, inflammation of the mucous membranes of the digestive tract, disturbances in the movements of the intestines, that is, the smooth muscles.
It is interesting to note that with recommended restriction of pasta, some improvement in condition is observed.
Some people's small intestines fail to fully absorb and process sugars ingested with food. Thus, this heavy task falls on the large intestine. However, there the bacteria feed on the stale carbohydrates, which causes the production of gas, cramps, diarrhea.
Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine
A rich palette of bacteria thrives in the gut. Sometimes it happens that these bacteria multiply in number. These bacteria digest the sugars that enter the body, producing large amounts of gas, discomfort, constipation or diarrhea.
Bacterial overgrowth is a chronic disease for which there is no cure, however, probiotics support the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.
Lactose intolerance is a strong sensitivity to milk and milk products and more specifically to the protein and sugars in them.
In sufferers of this condition, the enzyme lactase, which helps digest milk sugar, is greatly reduced, making it difficult to process dairy products.
The only treatment is to avoid dairy products.
It is characterized by watery diarrhea, which is also characteristic of gluten intolerance. Microscopic colitis is inflammation of the colon. It is typical for adults over 65, but younger people can also suffer.
There is no specific cause for this disease. It can occur with the use of certain drugs that irritate the lining of the colon, it can be caused by a virus or a decline in the immune system.
Candida fungi can be found throughout the human body. Candida overgrowth is similar in symptoms to gluten intolerance. Symptoms include weakness, irritability, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, even muscle and joint pain, allergies, sinusitis, and a flu-like feeling.
The changes in the organs in the abdominal cavity in celiac disease are very similar to those observed in multiple sclerosis - a chronic autoimmune disease in which the autonomic nervous system suffers from the constant "fighting" between bacteria and cells of the immune system, which prevents the carrying out of signals between the brain and the body.
It is interesting to note that celiac disease is seen more often in patients with multiple sclerosis.