As a follow up to Dr. Scott’s recent blog post on the gluten-free craze, The American Journal of Gastroenterology (AJG) published an article on the topic of wheat sensitivity. The article indicated that patients with undetected celiac disease (CD) may suffer with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-type symptoms. As a result, The American College of Gastroenterology Task force recommended healthcare professionals test for CD if a patient is suffering with IBS-type symptoms that included diarrhea.
To add further exposure to wheat sensitivity, it’s become such a highly debated topic in the media that the American public has become focused on a gluten-free diet (GFD) far in excess of those who have been diagnosed with CD. This may suggest that individuals with gastrointestinal symptoms are gaining a benefit from a GFD even if they do not truly have CD.
As a result, the scientific community has considered the probable existence of non-celiac wheat sensitivity. There is a significant disparity in the medical community about this possibility, as well as confusion about how to categorize such a condition. Add to that the issue of whether patients are suffering gluten-related symptoms or instead, are they suffering from other components in wheat such as fructans.
It seems that the verdict is still out on this topic. But, if you or a family member suffer from IBS-type symptoms with diarrhea, make this topic part of the conversation with your healthcare professional.
Who knows? You may become the deciding vote that helps separate the wheat from the ‘chat’. Not to mention, you may help provide additional documentation of sensitivity to other food components that are causing IBS-type symptoms.
We’d like to hear your thoughts. If you are suffering from IBS-related symptoms such as diarrhea, have you discussed non-celiac wheat sensitivity with your doctor? Have you had any specific tests that have helped identify a particular type of non-celiac sensitivity? Tell us about it. You may help other readers of Flourish that are suffering from similar health conditions.