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."