Is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Real?

Q:
Is non-celiac gluten sensitivity real?

A:
People with non-celiac wheat sensitivity appear to suffer from a weakened intestinal barrier, which leads to an immune response after they eat foods that contain the gluten protein — typically wheat, rye or barley.

These patients don’t have celiac disease. They also don’t have a wheat allergy, which usually prompts allergic reactions such as hives, itchy eyes or difficulty breathing, but does no long-term damage to the small intestine.

Until now, doctors haven’t known what to do to help these people, and had no understanding of what ailed them.

Key word: non celiac gluten sensitivity

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