should I go gluten free

(image thanks to myglutenfreelife.org)

This article is about going gluten free without a test supporting a diagnosis. This represents a major shift in policy from the old “don’t go gluten free unless and until you have a biopsy-confirmed diagnosis of celiac disease” to “if you have digestive symptoms and have tried lots of other things, including testing, go ahead and try going gluten free”. 

This major shift is a very positive development and we hope that many more physicians communicate it to their patients. 

It is very important, when going gluten free, to not just replace foods you normally eat with gluten-free versions.  A review of your diet is very much appropriate.  Many gluten-free products have fewer nutrients than their fortified gluten versions – including many breads and baked products.  But shifting away from baked products and adding more vegetables, especially non-starchy ones, can provide a better nutrient mix than you were eating with gluten.

Finally, this article mentions that there can be several reasons why you would feel better off gluten that may be addressable without going gluten free.  Proper testing can really help in these circumstances. 

My clinic, (the IBS Treatment Center) has been a leader in this area for years.  It is great to see leading researchers adopt our position on going gluten free.  Let us know if we can help you improve your health.

Click here to read the article in its entirety from Boston.com.

Image thanks to myglutenfreelife.org

 

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