The Difference Between GLUTEN SENSITIVITY and CELIAC DISEASE
At Essential Health Solutions in Chicago, we provide state-of-the-art testing for Gluten Sensitivity (or Gluten Intolerance) and Celiac disease -- two medical conditions involving gluten.
Here you'll learn what gluten is and what the basic difference is between Gluten Sensitivity or Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease.
WHAT IS GLUTEN?
Gluten is a protein found in some grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. Known more fully as an “elastic protein”, it is made up of a mixture of two smaller proteins:
• Gliadin – a glycol-protein made up itself of a mixture of a smaller protein and a carbohydrate
• Glutenin – a protein that activates when bread is kneaded to create the stable bonds that comprise the structure responsible for the firmness of bread.
Both gliadin and glutenin also contain certain amino acids named proline and glutamine. The high levels of proline in particular make gluten resistant to being digested. This is true for everyone, whether they are Gluten Sensitive or not.
GLUTEN SENSITIVITY and CELIAC DISEASE BOTH INVOLVE RESPONSES TO GLUTEN --
BUT THEY ARE DIFFERENT RESPONSES.
According to current scientific understanding:
Gluten Sensitivity - is an allergy to gluten that causes the immune system react as it does to any other allergen -- by attacking the ingested gluten directly through inflammation of both the inner and outer portions of the digestive tract
Celiac Disease - is an autoimmune disease that causes the small intestines to get inflamed when digesting gluten, which in turns causes the immune system to attack its own intestinal lining.
Unfortunately, because the symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease are so similar, it's difficult to tell which one a person has without a Gluten Sensitivity test or Celiac Disease test. Additionally, someone who has undergone testing for Celiac Disease and was found not to have Celiac Disease may undergo testing for Gluten Sensitivity and be found to have a positive reaction (or visa versa).
ESSENTIAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS: COMPREHENSIVE GLUTEN ALLERGY TESTING and TESTING FOR CELIAC DISEASE
Call us today to set up gluten food allergy testing appointment for Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease. The labs we work with use the latest techniques and technologies to provide fast and accurate Celiac Disease testing and Gluten Intolerance testing.
We then follow up all Gluten Food Allergy Testing with our nutrition counseling service in Chicago however we can accommodate out-of-area patients.
Our phone number is 773.878.7330. We are located in Andersonville, just off Lincoln Square, and serve the greater 60640 area.