Gluten Intolerance

Could You Be Suffering From Gluten Intolerance?

Gluten Intolerance Background and Testing Information

What is gluten?

Gluten is the general name for the storage of proteins found in wheat, oats, rye, and barley. It is the substance that gives the rubbery, elastic texture in bread. It helps glue bread and cakes together so they don't crumble.

There is a huge variety of reactions that occur to gluten, but conventionally trained doctors only recognise Coeliac disease, the most serious type.

What is Coelic disease?

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune-type reaction in which the body reacts so strongly to gluten that it causes malabsorption of nutrients.

It is possible to experience Coeliac disease symptoms but test negative for Coeliac disease.

How do I know if I have Coeliac Disease?

Only about 15-20% of patients with gluten incompatibility develop the entire clinical picture of Coeliac disease. However, a strong reaction to gluten in the ImuPro 300 test may indicate the development of Coeliac disease. In which case, you should pursue further tests find out how far the disease has progressed.

Is gluten intolerance identical to Coeliac disease?

Not necessarily. Coeliac disease, also called sprue in adults, takes about 13 years to fully develop. The following antibodies must be detected simultaneously for the diagnosis:

  • gliadin (gluten) antibodies
  • transglutaminase antibodies
  • endomysium antibodies

A confirmation by biopsy is essential.

At the beginning of the disease, symptoms may still be missing or unspecific. People who do not show any symptoms, but already have antibodies to gluten detected by the ImuPro300 test have an increased risk of developing Coeliac disease.

The treatment of Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance is the same in each case: complete exclusion of gluten from your diet.

What are the symptoms of gluten intolerance?

When you have gluten intolerance, your immune system is hypersensitive to one of the proteins in gluten so your system reacts against the protein, causing symptoms that commonly include:

  • bloating and gas
  • abdominal pain
  • constipation
  • indigestion
  • stomach cramps
  • fatigue
  • headaches

When we continually eat the same types of food (e.g. gluten products), our body can build up a resistance and when it reaches a threshold, the result is physical symptoms such as those described above.

The most common factor and most recognisable symptom among patients is an impaired ability to digest gluten products that can lead to gastro-intestinal, dermatologic, or respiratory symptoms.

The symptoms of gluten allergy vary between individuals and can begin a few minutes after eating a gluten product, or it can take several hours for symptoms to surface.

Which foodstuffs do I have to absolutely avoid in case of a gluten incompatibility?

The following grains and cereals: wheat, rye, barley, oats, kamut, spelt... and consequentially also bread, flour, biscuits, cakes, tarts, pizza, noodles, malt and beer, which all contain gluten.

Who is most likely to be suffering from gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, there is a strong possibility that you are suffering from gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease.

People who are suffering from gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease most commonly include women who experience bloating after eating food and children who get skin rashes or experience abdominal pain.

How do I find out whether or not I have gluten intolerance?

Taking a Food Intolerance Test enables you to eliminate uncertainty and confirm whether or not you have food intolerance. The ImuPro300 test can detect whether a food intolerance is present. It is possible to have a Type III IgG allergy or intolerance to certain foods and additives without your knowledge; you may be experiencing any one of a number of symptoms, whilst remaining totally oblivious to the cause.

When you receive your ImuPro300 test results and put your personalised diet rotation plan into practice you will soon notice the difference in your general wellbeing.

For more information on which foods are tested with ImuPro300, consult our list of foods tested.

Why is ImuPro the best way to find out if you have gluten intolerance?

ImuPro300 is the most comprehensive IgG test available, covering 270 foods. Tests that cover only 90 foods can often miss the foods that are causing you problems. It is an easy, fast method of pinpointing exactly which foods are causing a reaction. This way, you have a clear guideline to begin eliminating only those foods that are causing your symptoms, rather than having to maintain a strict diet that eliminates entire food groups.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from gluten intolerance and would like to discuss the best ImuPro testing option for you, please send us an email using the form below or call us on 1300 481 151 for free, no-obligation specialist advice.

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