GLUTLOG

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

 Is there a link between Irritable Bowel Syndome ( IBS ) and Celiac Disease?

 

There is no connection between the two apart from the similarity of some of the symptoms. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, whereas IBS is a chronic functional disorder ie it does not cause any tissue damage,

IBS affects a staggering 20% of the UK population and out of this number its estimated 10% actually have undiagnosed celiac disease! Symptoms can be similar and include constipation, diarrhoea, wind, stomach cramps, fatigue and bloating. Celiac disease is very often misdiagnosed for irritible bowel syndrome as a blood test isn't required to establish if a person has IBS or not.

Unlike celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is so common that in the UK more calls are made to NHS Direct about IBS than for back pain and depression! In comparison, only 1% of us are currently diagnosed with celiac disease. However, It is estimated that for every one person who is celiac, there are a further four unaware that they have the condition, believing they in fact have the symptoms of IBS or another illness instead. Due to medical misdiagnos (and ignorance), there are thousands of people in the UK who continue unwittingly to eat gluten which is harmful to their bodies,

No one knows what causes IBS, but it's believed that often it's a case of the gut just being overly sensitive to over refined foods such as white bread and pasta. GFS cook books will be able to offer relief to sufferers of IBS as well as celiac disease. Peppermint tea is also known to relieve the symptoms. Peppermint capsules are available on prescription but are not suitable for sufferers of reflux.

What is important is that your is your GP checks the symptoms and ideally, offers a blood test (or even a biopsy) to eliminate other causes such as celiac disease.
 
* Celiac disease sufferers usually have other more complex symptoms in addition to the main symtoms of IBS which do not necessarily affect dijestion. These can sometimes be overlooked or not connected. If in doubt, ask your GP to be referred to a consultant gastroenterologist.

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