8 Signs You Could Have a Gluten Intolerance

Lately, gluten has really been getting a bad rep.

It seems like every time we turn around manufacturers are developing a new gluten-free product, and celebrities left and right are embracing a gluten-free diet.

While it might be easy to label this as a fad, a recently published a review paper in The New England Journal of Medicine listed 55 “diseases” that can be caused by eating gluten, including cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, depression and more.

Coupled with that disturbing discovery are the findings from a large study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found that people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity had a higher risk of death, typically from heart disease or cancer.

If all of that isn’t scary enough, it’s estimated that 99% of cases of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are undiagnosed, and people who suffer from the symptoms may not even know it.

Are you curious if you might be someone with a gluten intolerance? Here are 8 symptoms you might suffer from if your body can’t handle gluten:

1. Tummy troubles like gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. These can be ongoing with no apparent cause, or a direct result of eating a meal with gluten.

2. A foggy brain or sudden fatigue directly after a meal or snack that has includes gluten.

3. Severe, unexplained migraines.

4. Sudden dizziness, loss of balance, or other neurological symptoms.

5. Hormone imbalances that present in the form of PMS, PCOS, or unexplained infertility.

6. Being diagnosed with chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. Both of these diseases are common misdiagnoses for someone suffering from a gluten sensitivity as there is no known cause.

7. Swelling in your joints and hands.

8. Mood swings and other mood issues like anxiety, depression, or even ADD.

If one or more of these symptoms describes you, be sure to see your doctor for a diagnosis and explore treatment options to eliminate your symptoms.

 


Do you have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease? Tell us how you avoid it below in the comments.


 

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Nicole Kurz
Nicole Kurz
Nicole is a 30-something fitness and health writer who has successfully lost enough weight that two people can fit in her old pants. She races triathlons, rides bikes, is obsessed with health and wellness, isn’t afraid of the “boy weight section” at the gym. When she’s not blowing your mind with health news on Article Cats, she’s probably laughing at an inappropriate joke somewhere while drinking a cup of the strongest black coffee you can find.