Conditions Associated with Gluten Sensitivity – Neurological Diseases Part 2

August 31, 2010

Neurological Diseases Part 2

One of the first symptoms of gluten sensitivity and neurological disorders, are unexplained, frequent headaches.

The M.D. of the Royal Hallmashire Hospital in Sheffield, England – Marios Hadjivassiliou, studied four male and six female patients suffering from headaches and gluten sensitivity – some of which also had unsteadiness or ataxia. The patients had MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) performed on them, with the each patient showing abnormal results, with white matter appear on the scan – characteristic of cerebral inflammation.

Nine patients were introduced to a gluten-free diet, which resulted in seven of those patients being completely relieved from their headaches, and partial relief in the other two.

It is still unknown how gluten sensitivity causes damage in neurological and cerebral disorders.

A possibility is that it is caused by nutrient deficiencies such as folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6 deficiencies. Another possibility is immune reactions to gluten or some direct toxic effect of the gliadin.

Regardless of the inner workings of gluten sensitivity, it is apparent that if a gluten-sensitive person continues to eat gluten, their condition will worsen.

For the most therapeutic results gluten-free diets are best implemented in the early stages of gluten-sensitivity, before too much damage is done.

In advanced neurological conditions gluten-free diets aren’t as successful so it is crucial gluten sensitivity is detected early.

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