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IBS may be improved with treatment for Celiac Disease

A recent study looked at patients with celiac disease and with IBS characterized by diarrhea. It found that a whopping 72% of patients with IBS characterized by diarrhea became symptom-free as a result of a gluten free diet.

Gluten is present in many unexpected places, and elimination can be challenging. Here are two resources for living gluten-free, if you decide to try it:
Celiac Disease Foundation
and celiac.com

If you fit into this category of patients, your doctor can run two specific tests: IgA and IgG antibodies against gliadin and tissue-transglutaminase and HLA-DQA1*0501/DQB*0201 expression. These tests are used to diagnose celiac disease. However, in the study above, 12% of patients with IBS tested negative, and would therefore be told they did not have celiac disease and therefore would not be advised to try a gluten-free diet.

Even if the patient does not fit the medical profile for celiac disease, abstaining from all gluten may produce a reduction or elimination of symptoms.

Full article here.

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