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Celiac Disease: Hope Offered by Probiotics and Prebiotics?

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The May issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology reports that changes in the diet that include probiotics, prebiotics, or both, may bring some relief to people with celiac disease. The resulting change in intestinal bacteria could reduce the level of inflammation.

This new data about the roles of probiotics and prebiotics may make improvement possible for people with type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune conditions.

Hearing that we are affected by what we eat is not new. But it's helpful to get specific information that may alleviate specific conditions. And it's good to be made aware that dietary change can do more than put a sunnier outlook on the day or drop a few pounds.

Apparently it can make some significant difference for people suffering from some serious autoimmune diseases.

"According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, U.S. National Institutes of Health, celiac disease affects more than two million people in the United States. It causes damage to the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley."


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EmpowHER Guest

Over a year ago i was prescribed 6 courses of various types and strengths of anti-biotics for recurring sinus infection over a 4 month period. The result was chronic sinusitus, sensitivity to a wide range of foods, and symtoms which imitate crohns and irritable bowel. i have struggled to gain wait despite HUGE food intake and am currently trying a diet to help fix me. The diet includes the above discussed pro and pre biotics and is starting to help me, it has been a very slow process so far though. Slightly off topic but i must advise people no to take their doctors word as gospel and take multiple antibiotics, especially for a sinus infection. In my opinion overprescribed antibiotics for minor local infections are more damaging to health than any other modern medical practice.

May 22, 2010 - 1:26am
EmpowHER Guest

Thanks for the info. I do hope that the probiotics theory is researched well. When I was younger I had a long bout with antibiotics and it really had my immune system messed up because of a yeast imbalance. I was suddenly allergic to everything and had to go on a yeast free diet for several months along with some acidophillis therapy, but once my imbalance was corrected, my allergies went away and I was able to be off the diet. It seems that Celiac has become a disease that has surfaced from people taking so many antibiotics which never used to be done. I know they feel it is genetic but I have to wonder what all the antibiotics as well as all the microwave cooking does to us!!!!

May 4, 2010 - 5:13am


Glad it was a help.


May 3, 2010 - 8:18pm
EmpowHER Guest

This was just great and helped me out
thank you

May 3, 2010 - 8:10pm

I think the Science Daily article is saying that they are hoping future research will take things in that direction. I don't think they are saying that taking probiotics now will assure someone with celiac of being to eat gluten. Everything is still in the research stage right now. But who knows what the future may hold.

May 3, 2010 - 7:14pm
EmpowHER Guest

My 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease after coming off of 3 different bouts of antibiotics for strep throat over the Winter. I thought at first that it must be a yeast imbalance and until she had her intestinal biopsy, which came back saying she had indications of Celiac, I was going to start her on a probiotic. Does this mean if probiotics help Celiacs, that they could get their yeast imbalance in their body normalized and then not have to follow the gluten-free diet and virtually be Celiac Disease free??? I am really curious about this because I know yeast imbalances in bodies can really cause a lot of problems. Any comments from anyone would be appreciate.

May 3, 2010 - 6:47pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Sorry, I forgot to mention that my daughter also had the blood work TTG level come back elevated!

May 3, 2010 - 6:48pm
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