Over ten years ago I was diagnosed with celiac disease. About six months ago one of my children (now 19) developed symptoms of celiac.
He had a blood test and an endoscopy with multiple biopsies done. Both were negative. His symptoms clearly resolve on a gluten-free diet though. Either the tests were falsely negative or he has non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
Earlier this month researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research released results of a study which showed that there are differences between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. The two are considered to be part of a spectrum of disorders caused by gluten. However, Dr. Fasano said,
“We found differences in levels of intestinal permeability and expression of genes regulating the immune response in the gut mucosa,”
It is good news that doctors are recognizing gluten sensitivity as a true medical condition. Doctors at the University of Maryland expect information from studies such as this one to lead to new diagnostic tools and treatments for those with gluten sensitivity.
You can read more about the study at these sites: