Psoriasis and other diseases. Psoriasis and celiac disease. Psoriasis can often be a warning sign of an intolerance, because symptoms such as itching and burning, as well as bones pain are also shared with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance is hard to identify.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease involving genetic predisposition and some foods can exacerbate its symptoms but it cannot be caused by them.
For this reason, to have an adequate diet is important for people suffering from this disease, as it helps to ensure a good health in general, and to reduce the exacerbation of psoriasis symptoms.
Psoriasis can often be a warning sign of gluten intolerance, because symptoms such as itching and burning, as well as bones pain (typical of psoriatic arthritis) are also shared with celiac disease or Gluten intolerance or the "inability to digest normally” this substance that comes from the combination of two types of proteins in the presence of water and mechanical energy. These proteins are prolamin (found in wheat) and glutenin, mainly found in the farro, in the rye and in the barley.
Gluten intolerance is hard to identify on its own due to reactions that, in the case of allergy, take place quickly. On the contrary, in the case of intolerance, there are some delayed reactions causing kind of silent poisoning and the onset of symptoms can often be developed three days after food ingestion.
Beside, malabsorption of food nutrients, typical of celiac disease, can induce deficiency in vitamin D can negatively affect psoriasis at lower levels. T lymphocytes become more sensitive in patients suffering from celiac disease which may stimulate the development of psoriatic skin lesions.
But what are the warning sings that make us to think we are gluten intolerant?
The most common signs are:
Generally, intestinal symptoms, such as swelling and abdominal pain, like a colic, an attack of acute or persistent pains;
Feeling weak or lack of energy;
Joints pain being unable to make physical efforts.
Headaches and / or dizziness.
Recent studies have shown that there is a relationship between psoriasis and celiac disease, proving that patients suffering from psoriasis have prevalence of serological markers for celiac disease. Precisely, psoriasis is associated with an (2.4-fold) increase in the markers frequency for celiac disease. For this reason, it is vital to never underestimate certain symptoms that could later create a long term inflammatory condition that further worsens psoriasis.
Taking into account what mentioned above, it would be good to know as soon as possible if we are gluten intolerant by undergoing some allergy and intolerance test.
For accuracy and reliability, the last test is the Antigen-Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test (ALCAT), which consists of electronically observing inflammatory disorder caused by granulocytes and platelets and is considered the most advanced method to directly detect gluten intolerance.
Since a gluten-free diet may be beneficial for patients with psoriasis to prevent symptoms flare-ups, in case of gluten intolerance or celiac disease, it would be advisable to eliminate or significantly reduce the consumption of the following foods:
• Bread, breadsticks, crackers, toast;
• Fresh pasta and grain;
• Breakfast cereals such as oats, wheat …;
• Corn flour (extracted from maize kernels)
• Barley coffee;
• Soy sauce;
• Crumbed foods;
• All products that also include flour or cereal in small amounts.
* Before changing your diet you should see a doctor and, in any case, a nutritionist.
However, either psoriasis or celiac disease are likely to be associated with other diseases such as autoimmune thyroiditis or type 1 diabetes.
For this reason, it is necessary to deepen in the fact of the possible presence of concomitant diseases when diagnosing both, psoriasis and celiac disease.
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