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What are symptoms of a gluten sensitivity?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
As many as 20 million Americans could be affected by a gluten sensitivity and not know it. Find out if you might be experiencing a gluten sensitivity with this checklist. How many of the following symptoms do you experience on a regular, chronic basis? Check all that apply.

Digestive Symptoms:
  • Frequent bloating or gas
  • Diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or acid reflux
  • Daily diarrhea or chronic constipation
Neurologic and Skeletal Symptoms:
  • Migraine or headaches
  • Joint pains or aches
  • Brain fog
Hormonal and Immune Symptoms:
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Chronic eczema or acne
Results: Four or more symptoms indicate that gluten may be affecting your health. But even one symptom, if severe and chronic, can be a sign of a gluten sensitivity. You may want to consult your doctor or try going gluten-free for two to four weeks.
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If you’re gluten intolerant and you consume gluten-based foods, then you can have a whole host of symptoms, some of which could be extremely serious. Symptoms range from digestive disorders such as irritable bowel problems to typical allergy symptoms such as sneezing, hives, runny nose and watery eyes. Watch for these signs of gluten intolerance:
  • Loose stools (not diarrhea).
  • Fast GI transit time (less than eight hours of transit from consumption to elimination).
  • Dandruff and other skin problems, such as extreme itchiness or dermatitis.
  • Three or more bowel movements a day.
With celiac disease, which is a severe intolerance to gluten, health can be radically compromised in the worst cases, potentially leading to death. Usually, those suffering gluten intolerance begin with mild symptoms before it ever becomes a serious medical or health issues, so the problem is usually addressed in time. If you suspect that you have or are developing celiac disease due to strong symptoms, then it’s critical to get a proper diagnosis from
your doctor.
Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine
Four or more symptoms of the following indicate that gluten may be impacting your health. But even one symptom, if severe and chronic, can be a sign of a gluten sensitivity. You may want to consult your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
  • Frequent bloating or gas
  • Diagnosed with IBS or acid reflux
  • Daily diarrhea or chronic constipation
  • Migraine or headaches
  • Joint pains or aches
  • Brain fog
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Chronic eczema or acne
Nancee Jaffe, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
The symptoms of gluten sensitivity can be exactly the same as those for wheat allergy or celiac disease. They include gas and bloating, diarrhea or constipation. Other common symptoms are fatigue, headaches, trouble thinking clearly and muscle pain.
Amy E. Myers, MD
Family Medicine
Symptoms of gluten sensitivity can be anything, so it's hard to pinpoint just a few; digestive symptoms are common, but so are other vague symptoms. Watch functional medicine specialist Amy Myers, MD, explain why it's hard to specify common symptoms.

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