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Archive for September, 2013

Celiac Disease and Asthma

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Celiac disease is known to be connected to many autoimmune diseases.  The most talked about are: Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Addison’s disease, Thyroid disease, and Sjogren syndrome.  A disease that may or may not be attributed to an autoimmune response is Asthma.  More and more studies are showing a relationship between Asthma and Celiac.  One does not have to convince me of this fact.  Shortly after our family physician announced he was sure my boys were cured of their wheat allergy, my youngest son developed extreme asthma; note both where very healthy when they were eating gluten-free.  Within weeks of starting a diet that included wheat both boys developed different symptoms.  The youngest asthma, the older one stopped growing. Both are now known as one of the 35 symptoms of  Celiac disease.  Allergy responses can move to various parts of the body at any time in a person’s life span.  My youngest almost died at the age of 13 because of his asthma.   Later in life his symptoms went back to the normal recognized symptoms.  He is now on a very strict form of gluten-free diet.  My husband early in life also had asthma.    What I realized later on was that his asthma was better on a gluten-free diet.  When the boys grew up and left the house we started eating more wheat products, but as we did my husband’s asthma symptoms got worse.  So we put him on a gluten-free diet and his asthma improved.  However, he cheats sometimes and guess what- the asthma acts up.  The fact that the recent studies are showing the correlation between eating wheat and asthma attacks is not news to this family.