Saturday, March 24, 2012

Gluten-Free Diet for Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis and celiac disease are both disorders in which the autoimmune system mistakenly perceives its own tissue as a threat and launches an attack. With MS, the assault is directed at the myelin sheath, the protective covering for nerves in the brain and spinal cord. With celiac disease, the lining of the small intestine comes under fire whenever foods containing gluten, proteins found in wheat, barley and rye, are consumed. Scientific studies have shown that celiac disease occurs much more frequently in people with MS than in the general population, leading to speculation that a gluten-free diet might help relieve MS symptoms.

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  1. Love this Steve celiac disease and type 1 diabetes go hand in hand. Many of my friends have children with both and Cam will be checked for it every year till a cure is found.