Gluten sensitivity an unidentified Epidemic
In the last decade, in India people are becoming diagnosed with gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance, an autoimmune condition that can attack the intestines and other tissues when gluten (a protein found in wheat) is consumed. As per the currently available data, almost 1 percent of Indian people are suffering from gluten sensitivity knowingly or unknowingly. In most cases, people experience abdominal pain, loose motions, headache, indigestion, weakness, and low body weight in children, which are the regular symptoms associated with other medical problems too.
Surprisingly this problem can be seen in elderly people, those who have consumed gluten for their entire life, and when they come to know about gluten sensitivity, it becomes difficult to digest and hard to believe that the protein they consumed for their whole life becomes the threat to their body now. A very frequent question arises in my mind if I cannot eat the wheat then how could I survive the rest of my life without it? Particularly for the north Indians as their staple diet is wheat.
Gluten sensitivity is not new to the western region countries, but in India, hardly anyone heard about it before and to their surprise, it is just an allergy someone experiencing. The intensity of gluten sensitivity as per the medical expert is low, moderate, and high in different people and the challenge is to associate and identify the symptoms which are not common in gluten-sensitive people, Perhaps the reason in most cases that elderly people experience the gluten sensitivity some times in their 50’s or later 60’s could not reveal in early stages.
Experts and researchers are working hard to find the reason behind gluten sensitivity which triggers the array of symptoms, despite the current focus on gluten, there are probably many people walking around with gluten sensitivity who don’t know they have it. The disorder can induce a host of vague and often confusing symptoms, the true cause of which may not be determined for a decade or longer. Among possible symptoms: are abdominal pain, bloating, gas, chronic diarrhea, or constipation; chronic fatigue, anemia, unexplained weight loss, or muscle cramps; missed periods, infertility or recurrent miscarriage; vitamin deficiencies, discolored tooth enamel, bone loss, and fractures.
It is always better to identify this disorder as early as possible, and one should not worry about it even if it is discovered at later stages as there are plenty of gains available in India to live gluten-free. These grains are easily available, cost-effective, and much better than wheat grains. The main reason gluten sensitivity not being detected easily is a lack of awareness and ignorance, where Some people assume that the way they feel is normal and never mention their distress to a doctor, or if they do, doctors may dismiss the complaints as “nothing to worry about” or attribute them to another cause.
So, if you or any of your family members are going through these troubles, don’t ignore them and based on the symptoms, take a call & express the doubt to the medical practitioner. Gluten sensitivity can be managed by shifting eating habits, and this will not only cure unidentified disorders but also bestow you with plenty of health benefits. So stay healthy, go gluten-free, and live happily.