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Posted by Claire on January 24, 2000 at 13:56:53:

In Reply to: Wheat allergy vs. celiac disease posted by chris on January 23, 2000 at 21:05:07:

: Hi...
: This is a very very very dumb question, but....

: If someone is allergic to wheat, does that person neccessarily have celiac disease? I believe I am allergic to wheat, but I am very tall (no stunted growth), rarely have diarrhea, and have been experiencing weight GAIN rather than loss.

: It's a simple simple question but no one seems to have the answer for me.

: Thanks in advance

Hi Chris,

From what I have read about celiac disease it is a rare disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten, a component of wheat, rye, barley, and oats. An estimated 1 in 5,000 persons in the United States is affected. Because celiac disease impairs digestion, food allergies may also appear.

I believe my husband is allergic to wheat too because sometimes if he eats cereal containing wheat he will have cramps later and some diarrhea. He is also tall and is trying to lose weight now (since he is a few pounds overweight). I don't really think he has celiac disease.

It must be frustrating not getting an answer regarding this. Perhaps you could check with an allergy doctor. But also I did find the address and phone number of the Celiac Disease Foundation if you would like to check with them directly. You can e-mail me at Accur81@aol.com, if you like, and I will give you the information.

Take care.

Claire



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