How To Spot Gluten Intolerance Symptoms
Gluten intolerance or coeliacs disease affects 1 in 100 people in the UK, and may lead to weight loss, hair loss and tiredness. Media and NHS doctor, Ranj Sing goes through the signs, symptoms and treatment of gluten intolerance.
Hi, My name is Doctor Ranj Sing, and I am an NHS doctor and a media medic. I am going to take you through a series of common medical questions that people often ask me.
In this video, we are going to talk about how to spot the signs of gluten intolerance.
Now gluten intolerance also known as coeliac disease affects about 1 in a 100 people in the UK. Symptoms can range from nothing at all to just a bit of tummy upset all the way up to malabsorption and weight loss. In some cases it may cause no symptoms what so ever, in some people it just may give them a mild tummy upset but sometimes it can be severe and cause malabsorption.
Now coeliac disease or gluten intolerance is an auto-immune condition that means the body produces antibodies against itself in response to the gluten and protein that is present in wheat, barley and rye, the type of foods you might see these symptoms with are things like pasta,bread and cereals. The kind of symptoms you might see include abdominal pain or bloatedness, diarrhoea or constipation ,vomiting sometimes , anaemia and weight loss because you are not absorbing things from your diet properly. Some people get very fatty, bulky stores that are unfortunately to flush.
Other symptoms include tiredness, hair loss or edema which is swelling of the lips. Now diagnosis of gluten intolerance or coeliac disease requires a medical professional, you have to go through a blood test and often you may have to go on to have a biopsy. The treatment of gluten intolerance is a gluten-free diet and the vast majority of people can treat and manage it quite well.
And that is how you spot the signs of gluten intolerance.