Gluten Allergy, Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease
What is a Gluten Allergy / Gluten Intolerance & how is it different from Celiac Disease?
Gluten is a complex protein structure found in grains like wheat, oat, rye, barley & spelt. It is also found in MSG, hydrolyzed protein & many other food additives and flavorings. The main reason gluten is used so much is its glue-like property. Gluten gives breads their light spongy like structure and helps the bread rise. However, it is this same property which can cause gluten intolerance symptoms to the stomach or intestines along with compromised absorption of nutrients.
Celiac disease always effects the stomach but a gluten intolerance does not always effect the stomach. If absorption is not optimal the gluten particles can pass into the blood stream and negatively effect the cerebellum and the nervous system. This can lead to symptoms of dizziness, trouble focusing, feeling off balance balance, trouble sleeping and much more.
The difference between our gluten intolerance testing and traditional labs is that most labs only test for gliadin IgA (alpha gliadin reaction). You can test negative for alpha gliadin and still have a gluten intolerance to another gluten entity. Wheat consists of multiple proteins and peptides, not just one. Any of these proteins can cause a health challenge or an auto immune reaction in the body. The measurement of IgG and IgA reactions to multiple gluten components in the blood has an important implication in currectly identifying a gluten intolernace. This blood test includes a Celiac test which our medical director can diagnose at no extra cost if it is positive. What's being tested:
• Wheat IgG, IgA
• Wheat Germ Agglutinin IgG, IgA (whole wheat products containing wheat germ)
• Alpha Gliadin 17 MER IgG, IgA.
• Gamma Gliadin 15 MER IgG, IgA
• Native & Deaminated Alpha Gliadin 33 IgG, IgA (process involved with turning the wheat plant into usable flour)
• Omega Gliadin 17 MER IgG, IgA
• Glutenin IgG, IgA
• Gluteomorphin IgG, IgA (addiction to gluten)
• Prodynorphin IgG, IgA (gluten causes pain)
• Gliadin Transglutaminase IgG, IgA (autoimmune celiac disease)
• Transglutaminase IgG, IgA (autoimmune celiac disease test)
• Transglutaminase 2 IgA + IgG
• Transglutaminase 3 IgA + IgG
• Transglutaminase 6 IgA + IgG
At our office in Roswell, GA we can identify a gluten allergy / intolerance and teach you an easy gluten free diet / celiac diet!
Celiac disease testing may be negative, but that does not always mean there isn't a gluten intolerance.