Gluten-free is all the rage. Are you wondering if you should ditch the bread? Read about the eight neglected symptoms that could indicate gluten intolerance.
1. Anxiety. A 2013 study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine found several types of anxiety, including social phobia and panic disorder, are related to gluten intolerance. If you suffer from anxiety, ask your doctor about going gluten-free for a trial period to see if your symptoms subside.
2. Depression. People with gluten sensitivity are more likely to suffer from depression and similar mood disorders, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found. This is especially true of elderly persons. In adolescents, celiac disease can cause low tryptophan levels and therefore a range of depressive symptoms and behavioral problems.
3. Brain fog. If you feel like your head is in the clouds, you may be suffering from a side effect of gluten intolerance. A 2012 study from The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, UK, found gluten reacts to antibodies that cause inflammation and mental fogginess.
4. Frequent illness. Hypothyroid Mom explains that people with gluten sensitivity have fewer IgA antibodies to fight disease than people without gluten sensitivity. This means people with gluten intolerance are more prone to falling ill.
5. Mouth ulcers. Do you get painful mouth sores? According to a 2009 study published in the medical journal BMC Gastroenterology, for a small segment of the population, recurrent mouth ulcers are the singular way gluten sensitivity manifests.
6. Fatigue. If you can’t get enough sleep, you may be suffering from gluten sensitivity, warns Hypothyroid Mom. This is because a gluten-sensitive body responds to gluten with inflammation. Because the body expends so much energy responding to the gluten proteins, it has no energy left for normal body processes and requires extra sleep.
7. Joint pain. You may be surprised to learn that joint pain is a common symptom of gluten intolerance. While it’s not talked about as often as gastrointestinal problems, the Arthritis Foundation says inflammation and poor absorption of nutrients from gluten sensitivity can cause joint pain.
8. Migraine headache. HealthDay News reports studies have found people with celiac disease are much more likely to suffer from migraine headache than people without gluten sensitivity. In other words, migraine headaches can be the manifestation of gluten sensitivity in some people.