The Dangers of Gluten
A recent study comparing the blood of 10,000 people from fifty years ago to the same number of people today, found that those who suffer with full blown coeliac disease (that is to say elevated TTG antibodies) has increased by a whopping 400 percent!
Imagine if cancer or heart disease had shown such an increase over this period – it would have been front page news at the least and maybe even an International Gluten Free Day would have made its debut, yet we hear hardly anything about it.
Another study (which looked at almost 30,000 people between 1969 – 2008) found that those with gluten sensitivity (diagnosed, undiagnosed or latent coeliac disease) had an increased risk of death from heart disease or cancer. There was a 39% increase in risk of death for those with coeliac disease, a huge 72% increased risk in those with gut inflammation due to gluten and a 35% increased risk in those with no coeliac disease but with gluten sensitivity. Now that has got to get you sitting up and paying attention!
So even if you haven’t been diagnosed with coeliac disease, you can still have serious complications and health problems (yes, you could even die) from eating gluten.
How then is it that an estimated 99% of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t even realise it?
Most put their ill health or myriad of symptoms down to other issues – never thinking that gluten could be doing them very serious harm indeed. It is good to know however, that gluten sensitivity can be dealt with by simply changing the diet – it is 100% curable!
So many diseases can be caused by eating gluten – as a matter of fact there are more than 55 of them! These include lupus, multiple sclerosis, cancer, anaemia, osteoporosis and almost all other autoimmune diseases. Migraines, epilepsy, dementia, depression and anxiety are also linked to gluten sensitivity.
What is Gluten Sensitivity?
It is an abnormal immune reaction to gluten which creates inflammation throughout the body. It has wide ranging effects across all of the organs in your body and can be the single cause behind numerous ‘diseases’.
It is not just children who get gluten sensitivity or even full blown coeliac disease – you can be older and still have it.