In the last week or so, gluten degrading enzymes have been all the rage. BeyondCeliac and Celiac.com have both put out articles relating to gluten degrading enzymes. What are they and why all of a sudden are we talking about them?
In my mind, gluten free means any food item free from any gluten containing ingredient. However, that probably isn't good enough for everyone. So, the United States Food and Drug Administration clarified the definition of gluten free. Today is all about labels!
Today's topic is about how infectious diseases in children can cause temporary false positives on the TTG IGA and EMA IGA. Because of this the emphasis on proper testing and making sure a complete diagnostic work up is really important, especially for children.
Yesterday, I talked about a case study where a guy with celiac disease taking tofacitinib for a different reason while consuming gluten showed complete clinical remission. Today we are going to talk about why this not be quite as promising as one hoped but may still need to be investigated.
According to the case study published today, a man with celiac disease, alopecia, and rheumatoid arthritis was prescribed off label Tofacitinib to control the alopecia. He had always been less than strict on his gluten free diet and after starting the Tofacitinib returned to a gluten containing diet. Routine follow up for his celiac disease detected no mucosal damage in the small intestine. Wow! I've got some questions here.....
For the past several years, probiotics have been all the rage. Probiotics are in everything including yogurt and in every grocery store. They are expensive, especially the refrigerated ones.
Yesterday, I had writer's block, so I asked people what they wanted to learn about. Here is the follow up on the remainder of those questions."A new study regarding increased death rates in those with celiac disease just came out - I can't make heads or tails of the information and does a gluten free diet mitigate the risk?" Great question. This is not the first time scientists have found that those with celiac disease have an increased risk of early mortality. This is a fun rabbit hole to go down. It seems that yes, those with celiac disease have a higher overall rate of mortality than the general population, even on a gluten free diet.
I talk about my life a lot. Sometimes probably more than you might like, but I cannot always do the science. Sometimes I'm not in the mood to do the heavy research required to write. Other times it is because I have done the research and I haven't had time to process it all. And we are planning for vacation here. Today, I'm going to talk about it all!
The classic picture of someone with celiac disease is underweight with a history of diarrhea. This picture is changing with more and more asymptomatic, overweight, constipated, anemic, or those with a constellation of vague symptoms being diagnosed with celiac disease. But today, we are going to focus on weight.
A nice person asked me yesterday for advice in living with roommates and a refresher on cross contamination protocols. Roommates pose an interesting problem for those with celiac disease because you cannot control their behavior. You can request certain things and hope they comply, but can never be sure. You have to do your best to stay safe. So, here are some suggestions for keeping safe while living with roommates.