Does Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Exist?

Science Life


Gluten free diets have become widespread over the past few years, from people with celiac disease, who have a true medical reason for avoiding gluten, to people who mistakenly believe it will help them stay healthy or lose weight. There is also a group of people in the middle of the spectrum: those who haven’t been formally diagnosed with celiac disease, but suffer from similar symptoms and believe their bodies are sensitive to gluten nonetheless.

Stefano Guandalini, MD Stefano Guandalini, MD The existence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, as it’s called, has been under debate recently in the medical community. Last week researchers from Australia published a study in which people who didn’t have celiac disease but self-reported sensitivity to gluten were placed on diets containing low or high amounts of gluten, or a placebo. Those on the placebo diet–meaning no gluten at all–still reported a worsening of their symptoms. The culprit, researchers believe…

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