Gluten allergy, celiac disease and weight loss

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. One of the conditions associated in some people with IBS is gluten allergy. It is a very underdiagnosed condition, so it is worth spreading public awareness about it. Gluten is a protein that can be found in wheat, barley, and rye. The disease associated with intolerance or allergy to gluten is called celiac disease. Celiac disease is an inflammatory condition of the small intestine that affects some people with a genetic predisposition. The inflammation damages the lining of the small intestine, causing many of the symptoms and deficiencies associated with gluten allergy. About a third of Caucasians are genetically predisposed to celiac disease, but not everyone gets celiac disease. Avoiding and excluding gluten usually resolves the symptoms of celiac disease. Women are twice as likely to be affected and diagnosed with celiac disease as men. Some autoimmune conditions such as type 1 diabetes, Sjogern’s disease, lupus, thyroid disease, and some adrenal diseases (Addison’s disease) are also associated with celiac disease. People who have Down syndrome also have a high chance of having celiac disease.

People classically present with symptoms of diarrhea, weight loss, iron deficiency anemia, lactose intolerance, frequent constipation, severe abdominal pain and obstruction, vomiting, and infertility. Chronic gluten intolerance leads to osteoporosis and iron deficiency anemia, mainly due to poor absorption of minerals and vitamins such as calcium, vitamin D and iron from the intestine. However, unless gluten is excluded, taking vitamins or minerals will not reverse the disease or brittle bones.

Gluten allergy can be diagnosed by blood tests, endoscopy with biopsy of the duodenal mucosa, and genetic testing. However, if you are already following a gluten-free diet, genetic testing is the only test that will show a gluten allergy.

If you have celiac disease, avoiding gluten for life is highly recommended. You should also regularly check your levels of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, B12, folic acid, zinc, and copper. There are many support groups for people with celiac disease and gluten allergies, as well as general public awareness and availability of gluten-free products in many major supermarkets. Visiting a dietician and/or a doctor who has experience dealing with people with celiac disease is also very effective.

If you have any of the above symptoms, make an appointment to have a gluten sensitivity test. If you don’t follow a gluten-free diet, celiac disease can be diagnosed through a blood test.

If you suffer from the above symptoms and are eating less but still not losing weight, we have 9 tips and advice for you.
Here are some tips to help you:

1. Get enough sleep at night.

You need to sleep around 5-6 hours a night to make sure your metabolism doesn’t slow down due to hormonal imbalance. Also, when you’re sleepy, you crave more foods, especially sugary ones.

2. Count protein intake per meal.

Eating salad does not give you enough calories, so you will soon be hungry. Or if you filled your plate with blue cheese and candied pecans, it will probably have as many calories as a burger and fries.

Make sure you have 3-4 oz. of lean protein with each meal to prevent sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Protein digestion will help your body use energy and burn some fat.

3. Too much exercise is not the answer.

No. To lose a pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories, which can be time consuming and ineffective, so we need to focus on having a daily regimen of 75% good nutrition and 25% exercise to lose weight properly.

4. Refrain from eating a lot of high-calorie nuts?

Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean you can eat a lot of it. Switching from white bread to whole wheat, butter to olive oil, chips to nuts is good, but portion control is important as these are all high calorie substitutes.

5. Don’t eat too early in the evening.

It’s good to eat less food at night, but if a person eats at 6 pm and goes to bed at 11 pm, they may need to be careful about their calorie intake after dinner. The body may want food after 3-4 hours. So no matter how late you eat dinner, try to have less than 30% of your calorie intake after 7:00 p.m.

6. Eat snacks between meals.

To keep your metabolism at its peak, you need to drink something every 3 to 4 hours.

7.Keep a food diary.

A study shows that most people who keep a diary about their daily food intake will lose weight faster as they are more aware of what they put into their body.

8. Eat a full, high-protein breakfast.

A study shows that people who eat breakfast have a healthier weight. When you skip breakfast, your body goes into starvation mode and your metabolism slows down as a result.

9. Put on your apron and start cooking in your own kitchen.

Restaurant meals are high in hidden calories; try to eat half of your order if you have to eat out; Otherwise, try simple, healthy recipes at home where you can reduce the amount of hidden calories in your food.

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