Wellness Tip: Gluten Sensitivity Linked to Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition which occurs due to nerve damage in the arms, legs, hands and feet. Common symptoms include pain, tingling and burning sensations and numbness.
This type of neuropathy can be caused by a variety of factors, such as diabetes, chemotherapy, statin medications, disc herniation and trauma from an injury, toxic metal exposure, chronic alcohol consumption and vitamin deficiencies. Recent research studies, however, have associated peripheral nerve damage to gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that generally affects the individual’s digestive tract. When a person with celiac disease consumes gluten, it can cause damage to the small intestine, interfering with the body’s natural nutrient absorption function. In a majority of cases, this inability to properly absorb nutrients can alter growth, weaken bones and even damage peripheral nerves, leading to neuropathy.
Gluten sensitivity found among a large percentage of the population in the United States has been associated with the development of peripheral neuropathy and other neurological disorders. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, spelt, kamut and barley. According to research, consuming gluten can often lead to gastrointestinal issues, even causing nerve damage. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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