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What is non-celiac gluten sensitivity?

Michael Albertson, MD
Gastroenterology
People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) are very sensitive to wheat products without having full-blown celiac disease. They report symptoms such as diarrhea, gas and bloating, headaches, fatigue and skin rashes. Researchers tested cells from people with these symptoms and found there was no reaction to gluten. They concluded that their symptoms were not caused by gluten but rather by a mechanism that is not fully understood. Some doctors believe that there are other toxins in the wheat, rye and barley besides gluten that can stimulate the gut to cause symptoms. A gluten-free diet for people with NCGS can be helpful.

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