Gluten and Wheat sensitivity and the link with low vitamin D levels

Gluten and Wheat sensitivity and the link with low vitamin D levels

 

Undiagnosed Gluten and wheat sensitivity appears to be a major cause of bone loss in Ireland. It is very important that if you have one or more of the symptoms listed below that you do not ignore them.

If a person continues to eat food they are sensitive too, it inhibits their absorption of nutrients which causes bone loss, and it usually means that the person has low levels of Vitamin D.

If a person has low levels of vitamin D, combined with one or more of the symptoms below, we recommend that the person cut out all gluten and wheat for one month. We then recommend that the person have their Vitamin D retested after one month. If the persons Vitamin D level has improved, this is an indicator that they need to cut out gluten and wheat for life.

We have found that most people, who contact us, have already been tested for Coeliac disease and their results come back negative. The Coeliac Society estimates that there are 300,000 people in Ireland who are not true Coeliac but are sensitive to gluten and wheat.

We recommend that if you have one or more of the symptoms listed below and/or your Coeliac tests are negative, that you try going on a gluten and wheat free diet for 4 weeks.

If the symptoms of gluten and wheat sensitivity decline, we recommend that a person cut out gluten and wheat from their diet.

If a person continues to eat food that they are sensitive too, it can inhibit the absorption of nutrients, which usually means that they will have low levels of Vitamin D which can cause bone loss.

All supermarkets have a gluten and wheat free section.

 

The signs and symptoms for gluten and wheat sensitivity (Coeliac Disease), a person can have one or more of the following:

  • Bloating of stomach after food containing gluten and/or wheat: Examples: White bread or roll, biscuits, cake, pasta or porridge.
  • Diarrhea, bowel movements that have a bad odour, stools float in toilet, lighter color
  • Flatulence (gas)
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Tiredness after a meal
  • Anaemia
  • Weight loss, bone pain, moodiness or depression.

 

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac Disease is a condition causing some adults or children to react to gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley, oats and rye.  If a Coeliac eats gluten the lining of the small intestines becomes damaged reducing a person with Coeliac’s ability to absorb the nutrients from certain foods.  This can lead to various symptoms and complications if undiagnosed.

 

Symptoms

Coeliac can experience one or more of these problems:  diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, chronic mouth ulcers, stomach pain and bloating, indigestion or bone pain.  Also flatulence, vomiting, nausea and symptoms similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome can indicate a need to be tested.

Symptoms vary from person to person and may be constant or only occur from time to time.  Some people will experience itchiness.  The only treatment for both conditions is gluten-free diet.

Foods to avoid: Breads, biscuits, cakes, pizzas, pasta, noodles, macaroni, potato croquettes, onion rings or chips from the chip shop, sausages & puddings, most regular breakfast cereals, communion wafers, processed suet, baking powder, ice cream cones, most soya sauces, foods in batter or crumb. You should not eat spelt bread if you are sensitive to gluten and wheat.

Foods to eat: Potatoes, rice tapioca, sago, eggs, fresh meat, fresh fish, plain cheese, milk, tea, coffee, pure fruit juice, sugar, lentils, butter, margarine, cooking oils, jams & marmalades, fruit and vegetables. Wine, spirits and cider are also gluten-free.

 

Calcium and Vitamin D information

It is very important that you do not take more than the recommended calcium amounts. It is essential that a person take Vitamin D to help absorb the calcium.

How much calcium we recommend

Women 50+ years = 1200 mg per day

 

How much Vitamin D we recommend

Adult women 50+ years = 20-30μ which is equivalent to 800-1000 IU per day

If you are on a calcium and vitamin D supplement, you should not be taking any additional calcium.

NOTE:Calcium alone is not enough to treat bone loss and is not a substitute for drug therapies that treat bone loss. Vitamin D3 is essential for calcium absorption.