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Could potential elements of a veg*an diet predispose someone to gluten intolerance?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 25, 2012 at 3:55 AM

I hear a lot of people on this site saying they developed noticeable gluten intolerance only after cutting wheat from their diet. But I'm curious about people who were eating wheat/gluten consistently (probably before adopting a paleo diet) but stopped when they realized it was causing them ill health. If this was you, what kind of diet were you eating during the development of your symptoms?

Before I'd heard anything about gluten being problematic I tired an elimination diet and found wheat to be the culprit in my constant abdominal woes. So I stopped eating it and immediately felt much better. However, I'd gone so many years doing fine on wheat and the appearance of my gluten caused issues seemed fairly sudden (I think it developed over the course of months). I was also a vegetarian at the time.

Interestingly, a majority of the people I've met with gluten sensitivity seem to have developed overt symptoms during either a time of veganism of vegetarianism. This made me wonder if perhaps potential elements of a veg*an diet might predispose one to developing gluten intolerance, but what? Gut dysbiosis induced to difficult to digest foods? A lack of vitamin A causing a downregulation of TGF-beta which might normally help prevent an immune response to gliadin? I'm just speculating, but I thought it seemed worth looking at.

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:36 AM

This makes a lot of sense. It also seems to fit really well with my personal experience.

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on May 21, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Heal the gut - gluten intolerance disappears. Keep eating gluten - ruin your gut. A perpetuate cycle.

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on May 21, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I think some folks have damaged their guts beyond repair and will have to go gluten-free for the remainder of their days. Particularly those folks with overt problems, not the silent gluten sensitivity.

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Exactly my story. I couldn't have put it better.

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Though my problems with gluten are now so severe that I'm not sure I will ever be able to handle it again, healed gut or no.

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I agree. My problems arose long after my vegetarianism, but fairly quickly after being on some strong broad-spectrum antibiotics.

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on January 25, 2012
at 04:31 AM

Huh, there could be some overlapping factors between SAD/SHAD and veg*an diets, I just zeroed in on the latter due to the correlation. Thanks for sharing.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 21, 2012
at 01:02 PM

I think it all comes back to gut health. I'd argue that it's harder to have a healthy gut on a veg*n diet, thus any deleterious effects from gluten consumption are going to be all the more pronounced. Heal the gut, gluten intolerance disappears.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on May 21, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Though my problems with gluten are now so severe that I'm not sure I will ever be able to handle it again, healed gut or no.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 21, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I think some folks have damaged their guts beyond repair and will have to go gluten-free for the remainder of their days. Particularly those folks with overt problems, not the silent gluten sensitivity.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 21, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Heal the gut - gluten intolerance disappears. Keep eating gluten - ruin your gut. A perpetuate cycle.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on May 21, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I agree. My problems arose long after my vegetarianism, but fairly quickly after being on some strong broad-spectrum antibiotics.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on May 22, 2012
at 03:36 AM

This makes a lot of sense. It also seems to fit really well with my personal experience.

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on January 25, 2012
at 04:03 AM

I had chronic symptoms from childhood that I thought were allergies, sensitivities and bad joints. I had never tried an elimination diet because I had no idea it was all diet-related and that was never suggested to me by a doctor though I'd repeatedly shared my symptoms.

To answer your question, I had my symptoms on SAD and SHAD (the latter the supposedly healthy low-fat complex-carb version of SAD.) I had no idea all my symptoms would disappear during just 3 weeks of ancestral eating since I'd had the symptoms for 60 years.

I had not eaten either a vegan or vegetarian program.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on January 25, 2012
at 04:31 AM

Huh, there could be some overlapping factors between SAD/SHAD and veg*an diets, I just zeroed in on the latter due to the correlation. Thanks for sharing.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on May 21, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Exactly my story. I couldn't have put it better.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 21, 2012
at 07:32 AM

I agree with Nance. I had a very healthy gut since childhood, but into my 20s I have started to develop all kinds of allergic reaction to soaps and shampoos (never to food). Nobody told me it is a sign of gluten sensitivity. I never thought my sensitivity to chemicals was diet-related.

I have never been a vegan or a vegetarian in my life.

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on May 21, 2012
at 02:55 PM

Just my experience, but I also had constant abdominal/digestive woes which went away after eliminating wheat. Never been veg*an.

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