Gluten free or not?! That's the question
and your genes might have the answer
MYO9B gene is associated with gluten intolerance, results in abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, bloating and other symptoms.
A recent study found that among 400 individuals who thought they were gluten intolerant, only 55 people (14.5%) actually had an issue with gluten.
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Sample Report: Sensitivity to Gluten
Gluten is a protein found primarily in grains (wheat, rye, barley). Gluten sensitivity may affect up to 6 percent of the population. It is sometimes called non-celiac gluten sensitivity to distinguish it from celiac disease, which is an autoimmune condition.
After eating foods with gluten, people with gluten sensitivity can experience abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, and bloating. People sensitive to gluten can also experience other symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, and joint pain.
According to a recent survey, more than 30% of Americans actively try to avoid eating gluten. However, it is unclear whether this is warranted. In some cases, people who eliminate gluten may end up gaining weight because these foods often have more calories than their gluten-containing counterparts.
Of course any of these symptoms in and of themselves are not a sufficient reason to suspect gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Several genetic variations were found more frequently in people with gluten sensitivity.