Since we really don’t know much about gluten sensitivity, it will be interesting to see how research develops moving forward.
According to About.com’s celiac disease reporter, a Columbia University Celiac Disease Center research study on the prevalence of non celiac gluten sensitivity came up with 1 out of 200 people, or .55%.
The University of Maryland Celiac Disease Research Center’s Dr. Fasano disagrees. Dr. Fasano’s research indicates up to 7% of the population could be gluten sensitive.
That’s a huge gap!
Which is a problem, because we don’t even know how to define it. We know it exists with adverse reactions. Some symptoms are similar to celiac. Patients feel better when gluten is eliminated from their diet. We are only at the beginning of understanding this situation and more research is needed. There is no change in intestinal biopsies and no specific gene.
A) No definition
B) Prevalence unknown
C) No markers for diagnosis, no tests, only relying on patient reports
What do you think about this?