Between 40 and 60 – A time to be aware of Gluten. It helps to know your genetic variants.
Symptoms of Coeliac disease (CD) are most likely to appear in childhood and between the ages of 40 and 60. It is an Autoimmune disease that provokes a heightened immune response to the gluten family of proteins e.g Gliadin. The body attacks it's own tissues when you eat Gluten wheat.
Women are two to three times more likely to have Coeliac disease than men. The awareness is of CD is much greater than it used to be, this is a great thing.
I thought I would write about the lesser-known impacts.
Nutritionist’s often specialise in areas they have an interest in, that interest may be personal. This is the case with coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity for me. Having lived with it in my family and the obvious health issues, you also feel awful every time someone asks you for dinner, as they have to go to great lengths to accommodate you. Luckily here in the U.K. we are very well provided for in the supermarkets and with online gluten free products.
It is useful to know your gene variants. There is a clear genetic predisposition. 98% of people with HLA, DQ2 or DQ8 genes are likely to have CD.
Fertility in both men and women with undiagnosed CD has been associated with poor pregnancy outcomes and low birth weight.
Neurological symptoms are many and varied and can be anything from inflammatory brain lesions to brain fog and anti-gliadin antibodies causing neurological deficits.
In our house we call it a “Wheat rage”. It happens when you have accidentally been exposed to wheat. It can be a feeling of irritability, confusion or the full-blown “red mist”.
And by the way, thank you to all those hosts who work so hard to accommodate those of us with the wheat free options when we are asked out for dinner. It is very much appreciated.
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