I've always accepted that I had Celiac Disease. And I won't lie, when I was younger I used to cheat every once in a while.
I thought that the occasional urge for a cookout burger wasn't really a big deal. Unfortunately, it seems I was wrong.
New research is beginning to show us that, even with 100% adherence to a gluten-free diet, full recovery for those with Celiac Disease is incredibly rare.
Here’s the research:
While healing may take up to 2 years for many older adults, new research shows that the small intestines of up to 60% of adults never completely heal, especially when adherence to the diet is less than optimal. (1)
A 2009 study, in The Journal of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, looked at 465 Celiac disease patients and found only 8% of adult patients reached “histological normalization” after following a gluten-free diet for 16 months, meaning their gut tissue completely recovered to that of a healthy person. (2)
In the same 2009 Study by The Journal of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 65% of their research sample still experienced severe intestinal inflammation after 6 months on a Gluten Free Diet. (3)
Dr. Maureen Leonard, Clinical Director at the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment , recently published a study where 1 in 5 children diagnosed with Celiac disease was found to have persistent intestinal damage after more than 2 years on a gluten-free diet.(4)
I have heard so many stories, both from my readers and around the web, about how Celiacs everywhere are still experiencing serious symptoms after going on a gluten-free diet. Often, these symptoms hang around for months if not years.
Celiac Disease and Mortality
The Journal of The American Medical Association published one of the largest studies on the relationship between Celiac Disease patients and Mortality.
What they found is scary, plain and simple.
Within the first year of diagnosis, Celiac disease patients with intestinal inflammation are 4.6 times more likely to die than the control group. Celiacs also have a 72% increased risk of death over the study period.
These numbers are staggering, and what’s worse is that I was one of the statistics.
When Celiac Disease goes undiagnosed for a period of time, as is usually the case, secondary disorders can develop.
If these secondary disorders are not addressed, a Gluten Free diet just will not work.
How do I know? Because I’ve been there.
For years I suffered from inflamed intestinal tissue. My symptoms included how:
- I didn’t have the energy to do anything.
- I didn’t have the brainpower to be successful.
- I didn’t have proper hormone balance (My testosterone was dangerously low and cortisol just too high)
After years of research, trial, and error, I made a breakthrough.
When I had gotten to college, I was constantly eating food that had been cross-contaminated in the dining hall kitchens. This caused 2 Major problems.
1. The Micro Biome In My Gut Was Unhealthy
I hadn't been taking probiotics when I got to college, and every time I experienced cross contamination, all the bacteria in my gut would be removed.
As a result, my GI system wasn't able to produce the Neurotransmitters it was supposed causing my hormone imbalances and lack of brainpower.
2. Lack of Absorption Within the Intestines
Since I had been unintentionally consuming gluten, I had lost the ability to absorb most of the nutrients that I had been eating. This caused severe exhaustion because I wasn't absorbing any carbohydrates.
At the time I was on my schools triathlon team and burning an excess of 4,000 calories a day so shit was not ideal.
Once I finally threw in the towel on expecting other people to make my food for me, things got a lot better.
I lived the second-half of my time in the dorm cooking my own food in the kitchen and continue to do so today in my own apartment.
In addition to learning how to make fucking awesome food, I also now have the skills to impress any gluten-free babe or her mother.
You should have those skills too.
If you are interested in getting started cooking, I highly recommend the "Tasty" YouTube channel. I usually make AT LEAST 1 meal a week from their channel. Sometimes Gluten-Free substitutions are necessary, but never a huge problem.
They have videos of a bunch of different recipes and never disappoint. I found them on the Facebook, so much love to Mark Zuckerberg.
Good luck on your Gluten-Free Journey and Merry Christmas!
Rock on fellas.