Symptoms of gluten intolerance vary from one person to the next, and depending on the root cause of the intolerance.
Celiac disease affects roughly 1% of the Western population according to some studies. This may also apply to other populations, but more studies are required.
Gluten allergy affects an unknown number of people, but anecdotal evidence suggests the levels are quite high.
It also appears that some people simply can’t digest gluten.
There is a very long list of possible symptoms for gluten intolerance. Here is a partial list:
- Abdominal cramps
- Abdominal bloating
- Abnormal stools
- Acid reflux
- Ataxia (lack of coordination)
- Keratosis pilaris
- Attention and behavioral problems (in children and adults)
- Behavioral problems
- Calcium metabolism disturbance
- Crohn’s disease
- Dermatitis: clusters of itchy blisters, usually on the knees, elbows and buttocks.
- Folate deficiency (lack of Vitamin M, forms of Vitamin B-9)
- Foul gas
- Foul smelling stools
- Iron-deficiency anaemia
- Low appetite
- Malnutrition due to reduced absorption of food nutrients
- Mouth ulcers
- Muscle wasting
- Poor muscle tone
- Short stature in children
- Skin problems
- Upper repository tract problems (sustains, glue ear)
- weight gain
- Weight loss
- Wheat-Dependent Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis
Celiac disease also has a great number of complications. Some of these include:
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
- Thyroid Disease
Please feel free to add symptoms of gluten intolerance you are aware of that are missing here.