I want to stop my day for a moment and send out kudos to Redbook today. I was reading the newest issue (March 2011) while on my 6 mile run this morning. I was on the treadmill, so passing that time with something to keep my mind off of how far I have gone or have left to go is key. I came across an article on page 84 called “Bloated Much?” and thought to myself that I wonder if they will mention gluten in this article.
I began reading the article. Twenty percent of Americans experience gas, bloating, and other stomach woes on a regular basis. The following statement got me thinking:
“Women are more likely to suffer from tummy trouble, and rates of many digestive issues that more commonly target women – such as Celiac Disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – are on the rise”.
I am not sure that I have ever heard that women have more cases of Celiac Disease than men before. While it may be true, it may also be that women are more likely to visit the doctor than men are.
The article covers 4 possible causes of bloat and how to assess those causes. The #1 culprit listed is “What you eat and drink”. Whenever I hear of someone suffering from a stomach issue of any sort, of course the first thing that pops into my head is food. If the person is not suffering from an illness, I always suggest keeping a food diary for at least 2 weeks. There are so many foods that can cause bloating. This sections lists many, including gluten. It goes on to say one of my all time favorite things I have read in a magazine:
“That said, if you suspect a gluten sensitivity, don’t try to nix wheat, rye and barley on your own. See a gastroenterologist for a blood test for Celiac Disease – it’s a genetic disorder that can result in severe nutritional deficiencies if it’s not handled with a proper diet.”
I about fell off the treadmill! Seriously. It was quite a sight. Even with all the increased awareness out there, there are times when I see Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivities mentioned in articles with incorrect information right along with it. Kudos to Redbook for getting the facts straight.
The remaining reasons for bloating are #2 “Hormones” #3 “Pills you pop” and #4 “Your crazy life”. Even if you have Celiac Disease and follow a gluten-free diet, you may still experience bloating that has nothing to do with gluten, so examining these other reasons may be worth your time. As always, when in doubt, see your doctor. Better to waste your time & co-pay to find out it is nothing than to ignore something that could be serious.