Previously researchers and doctors used to believe that celiac disease or gluten intolerance was extremely rare but the past estimates were not correct.
We will discuss about the role played by gastrointestinal disorders like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome in masking gluten intolerance. However, researchers and doctors used to believe that gluten intolerance or celiac disease were extremely rare and the recent scientific study showed that one in every 133 person from all over the world suffer from gluten intolerance. However, there are few reasons why the estimates were not so accurate.
Crohn’s disease like ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the digestive tract, all the way from the anus up to the mouth. It is believed by many that Crohn’s disease is a autoimmune disease just like celiac disease. But, it is different from celiac disease because unlike celiac it triggers gluten. Some of the common symptom of this kind of disease is diarrhea, weight loss and abdominal pain along with gluten sensitivity.
Take for example ulcerative colitis which is an inflammatory bowel disease that has common symptoms like celiac disease and Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine and colon area specifically. Colonoscopy makes it evident by revealing ulcers and open sores along the colon walls. Diarrhea with specs of blood is the primary symptom of ulcerative colitis and as the condition worsens, there will be increasing specs of blood. The cause that triggers this condition is still mysterious because researchers haven’t figured that out yet. However, they believe that colitis is a genetic phenomenon. It can be really frustrating and difficult for sufferers who try to treat it because it often swings between periods with exacerbated symptoms and periods of remission. It has also been found that in many cases doctors fail to diagnose diarrhea and abdominal pain as they mix it with celiac disease like ulcerative colitis.
One of the worst offenders is the IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. This is because irritable bowel syndrome is diagnosed when the patients experience persistent bloating, gas, constipation, abdominal cramping and diarrhea but all the tests for diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s come back with negative result. Therefore, the doctors put these diseases under the irritable bowel syndrome category and call it a day. If you have been diagnosed with IBS but still having symptoms, then it is better to get diagnosed for celiac disease or gluten intolerance because it is believed that IBS diagnosed individuals have been actually suffering from celiac or gluten intolerance.