What are the symptoms of gluten sensitivity?


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The symptoms of gluten sensitivity include gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea and bloating, tiredness, headaches and numbness of the limbs, according to WebMD. Stomach pain, depression and constipation are other symptoms gluten-intolerant individuals may experience, adds the Celiac Disease Foundation.

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What are the symptoms of gluten sensitivity?
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The symptoms are similar to those of celiac disease and develop a few days after the individual eats food containing gluten, explains the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Although a gluten-intolerant individual may experience gastrointestinal distress, he does not test positive for celiac disease if he truly has gluten sensitivity. Individuals with gluten sensitivity do not have the same severe intestinal damage compared to individuals with celiac disease, and gluten-intolerant people should get tested for celiac disease to receive a diagnosis. This is because no test exists to determine if a person has a gluten sensitivity, so other tests are performed to rule out gastrointestinal diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome, or a wheat allergy.

Individuals who want to get tested for celiac disease to determine if they are gluten intolerant should continue to eat gluten, states WebMD. If they stop eating gluten, their body stops producing the antibodies the celiac disease test tries to find. Treatment for gluten sensitivity involves following a gluten-free diet.

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