OLDER RESEARCH ON GLUTEN SENSITIVITY
I’ve long suspected that everyone has some degree of sensitivity to gluten, even if they’ve never been formally diagnosed and even if they don’t notice any overt symptoms after eating it. Mark Sisson from the September 5th 2012 issue of his blog called Mark's Daily Apple (How Common is Gluten Sensitivity?).
The point I would like to get across is that according to the latest research, only a small fraction of those who are Gluten Sensitive actually have Celiac Disease. However, many of the same things that are true about Celiac Disease are also true of non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. I tell you this so that when you read some of the conclusions of the research I am going to present today, you can have a better understanding of what is going on in the field of Gluten Research by substituting the words "Gluten Sensitivity" for "Celiac Disease". Although there will be many who will argue against this point to the bitter end, the proof is in the fact that I see miracle after miracle after medical miracle, simply as the result of pulling patients off of Gluten.
To get the ball rolling, I will mention a study that was published in the March, 2010 issue of Current Opinion in Gastroenterology. The study, (Celiac Disease) concluded that, "In the last year, work has shown that the prevalence of celiac disease has increased dramatically, not simply due to increased detection. Also, undiagnosed celiac disease may be associated with increased mortality." We are going to discuss both of these topics today and then end by asking ourselves why Celiac Disease is increasing dramatically. But first let's look at a study that gives us a glimpse into how much higher the incidence of mortality (death) really is.
GLUTEN SENSITIVITY & INCREASED MORTALITY
The elephant in the corner is that we already know that the vast majority of those with Celiac Disease are never diagnosed, and that the vast majority of those with Gluten Sensitivity do not actually have Celiac Disease. In fact, if you look at the results of a study that was published in a 2006 issue of the medical journal Gut, you learn that Gluten Sensitivity is somewhat like an iceberg, where as much as 90% of it lies unseen below the water's surface. This begs the question of how big the 'Gluten' iceberg really is. Gut told us eight years ago that, "these figures suggest that the current ratio of clinically diagnosed to undetected cases — that is, “the size of the iceberg”—in the UK is approximately 1 in 8." In other words, 87.5% of the iceberg is hidden under the water. The whole while, THE TITANIC roars on full steam ahead (HERE also).
GLUTEN & TYPE I DIABETES
The "islets" they are talking about here (Islets of Langerhans) refers to the part of the pancreas that makes hormones (Glucagon, Amylin, Somatostain, Pancreatic Polypeptide, Ghrelin, and yes, Insulin).
In other words, if your mom or dad are Gluten Sensitive, you have a much greater chance of developing the Autoimmune form of Diabetes (Type I) than someone with a non-Gluten Sensitive mother. And as astounding as it might seem, early adherence to a Gluten Free diet has been shown to halt the development of Type I Diabetes in this group. Need more evidence? A Danish study published just last month showed that a Gluten Free diet done prenatally (via mom's diet) or early in life via mother's milk, significantly reduces the risk of developing Type I Diabetes --- a big deal considering incidence in America has skyrocketed in recent years to 3 million, is increasing by about 3% per year, and increased by almost 25% over during the decade of the 1990's.