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Can a gluten free diet help relieve your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

by , 07 March 2014

Can going gluten free help your rheumatoid arthritis? Researchers from Sweden say that it can… But only if you're susceptible to the inflammation that wheat and other gluten products produce in your system. In other words, people with coeliac disease and gluten intolerance can significantly benefit from an overall gluten free diet. Here's some information on how gluten affects rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and how to decide whether a gluten free diet is best for you…

Going gluten free won’t help everyone who suffers from the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
Gluten has a bad name. And it’s becoming worse! From curing digestive problems to preventing joint diseases, there’s avocation for a gluten free diet. 
But while it may help some, others might have no benefit, says Arthritistoday.org.
“The most accredited theory is that gut inflammation triggered by gluten [causes] local inflammation and, therefore, joint pain,” adds Dr Alessio Fasano, director of the mucosal biology research centre at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
But it seems that even slight inflammation can present problems. Sometimes gluten causes a small amount of inflammation in your gut and causes your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis to flare-up. After all, it’s any type of inflammation that affects your joints and leads to all your pain and discomfort
What’s also notable is that only one in five people receive the proper diagnosis of coeliac disease. This is according to Dr Peter Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. So you could be living with the disease and not know it yet!
Try a gluten free diet and see how it affects your symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
If you’re not sure about what the effects of gluten on your diet are, why not give it up for a short period to determine if there’s a change. Speak to your doctor about tests for coeliac disease and going on a gluten free diet. 
But be warned, it’s not an easy diet to follow. The majority of foodstuffs contain wheat. So you might have to see a nutrition specialist to help you with a meal plan too. 

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