Celiac Disease Awareness Month, observed in May, promotes awareness of how this illness affects the body. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one in every hundred people around the world has this condition. Celiac patients are unable to tolerate and digest gluten, and while there is no cure there are ways to minimize symptoms and reduce health risks.
When a person with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity ingests foods containing gluten – including pasta, bread, cakes or pizza – it disrupts the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Patients may experience symptoms ranging from gas and bloating, vomiting and/or diarrhea, and headaches and stomach pains. Celiac disease can also have an affect on other aspects of health, including arthritis and other types of joint pain.
Celiac Disease and Joint Pain
According to the Arthritis Foundation, it’s not entirely conclusive that a gluten-free diet will benefit patients with joint pain. However, research suggests that reducing intake of wheat-based and other trigger foods may help with pain management, regardless of one’s sensitivity to gluten. Take care to notice what you eat in a day and look for signs that your joint pain flares or recedes. Foods high in sugar, for example, are known to increase the risk of inflammation.
Consultation with your physician is important, too, to determine if you have celiac disease or a food allergy that can affect your health. At Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, our team works with patients to manage joint pain as caused by illness, age, or injury. We offer programs designed to improve your quality of life and we are here to answer your questions about diet and other concerns connected to your arthritis or joint pain.
Please contact us today with your questions.
Sources: Celiac Disease Foundation