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In addition to becoming vegetarian, I've also overhauled my diet completely. I've always eaten whole grains but since I've become vegetarian (for the last month) I've been eating more of them.<br><br>
Recently, I've noticed some issues with digestion (e.g., diarrhea). I also seem to have a bit of a convex/distended abdomen. That is, my abdominal wall seems tautly 'pushed out' as if I had a huge fat gut despite the area not having a lot of fatty tissue. I can definitively feel the muscles of my abdomen through my skin and push down on it and have it rebound as if it were filled with gas. This is in stark contrast to how my stomach was when I was fat and did not eat a lot of grains (e.g., less like a balloon filled with gas than a gelatinous bag) and also to other area where fat is prevalent (where one cannot explicitly feel the muscle because of the intermediary fat). What's more, thinking of myself and my health in retrospect, even when I was at my thinest and fittest (pretty damn fit, actually), I still had the same distension.<br><br>
I'm beginning to suspect celiac disease and have begun the arduous process of eliminating gluten-products from my diet. I've never considered it before because I've eaten gluten grains before without issue and because I had this image of individuals who suffer from celiac disease as skinny to the point of frailly thin. And, then, lo and behold! ...<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">The natural response to such deficiencies is to crave food despite having absorbed sufficient calories. Even when caloric intake is huge, and excess calories must be stored as body fat, the need to eat continues to be driven by the bodys craving for essential fats. Due to gluten-induced interference with fat absorption, consumption of escalating quantities of food may be necessary for adequate essential fatty acid absorption. To further compound the problem, pancreatic glucagon production will be reduced, compromising the ability of the individual to burn these stored fats, while the cells continue to demand essential fats.<br><br><a href="http://www.celiac.com/articles/1034/1/Food-Cravings-Obesity-and-Gluten-Consumption-by-Dr-Ron-Hoggan-EdD/Page1.html" target="_blank">Food Cravings, Obesity and Gluten Consumption by Dr. Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.</a></div>
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<div class="quote-block">Contrary to popular beliefs (not to metion outdated medical training), this study demonstrates that 39% of those who are diagnosed with celiac disease are actually overweight rather than underweight. A full 30% of celiac disease patients were in the obese range at the time of their diagnosis.<br><br><a href="http://www.celiac.com/articles/1077/1/39-of-Celiac-Disease-Patients-are-Overweight-at-Diagnosis8212A-Full-30-are-Obese/Page1.html" target="_blank">39% of Celiac Disease Patients are Overweight at Diagnosis—A Full 30% are Obese</a></div>
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Has anyone else discovered a sensitivity to gluten (or other previously unknown health problems) since become veg*n?<br><br>
Are there many gluten-free veg*ns out there? What do you do or use to replace gluten-products in your diet?
 

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ok, first off, you can't diagnose yourself with celiac disease, just by a distended abdomen!....True celiac disease has many other symptoms, and can present themselves as symptoms of many other disease processes, which is why it may go undetected for a long time. On the other hand, gluten sensitivity could be more like it....Still, most people have more specific symptoms, like how they feel uncomfortable when they eat gluten containing foods.<br><br>
You could have yourself tested by your Dr, or you could do what you're doing, which is to eliminate gluten containing foods. Check out this blog by a woman who has many food allergies so cooks vegan and gluten free.....<a href="http://www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com" target="_blank">www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com</a>. She does have prevegan recipes on the blog too, but they are separated by category
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Photojess</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907565"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
ok, first off, you can't diagnose yourself with celiac disease, just by a distended abdomen!....True celiac disease has many other symptoms, and can present themselves as symptoms of many other disease processes, which is why it may go undetected for a long time. On the other hand, gluten sensitivity could be more like it....Still, most people have more specific symptoms, like how they feel uncomfortable when they eat gluten containing foods.<br><br>
You could have yourself tested by your Dr, or you could do what you're doing, which is to eliminate gluten containing foods. Check out this blog by a woman who has many food allergies so cooks vegan and gluten free.....<a href="http://www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com" target="_blank">www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com</a>. She does have prevegan recipes on the blog too, but they are separated by category</div>
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Thanks for the resource! And be assured, I'm not self-diagnosing. I do not and will not believe I have celiac disease unless confirmed by a doctor. However, I have taken it upon myself to experiment with the elimination of gluten from my diet to see if there is any change before I spend the money I don't have on costly doctor visits.
 

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Most mainstream tests administered are not truly adequate at diagnosing gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
 

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Thanks for the resource! And be assured, I'm not self-diagnosing. I do not and will not believe I have celiac disease unless confirmed by a doctor. However, I have taken it upon myself to experiment with the elimination of gluten from my diet to see if there is any change before I spend the money I don't have on costly doctor visits.</div>
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If you have eliminated gluten from your diet, celiac tests will not be accurate.
 

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there is also a way they can tell if they do an endoscopy on you, but if you aren't insured, I'm sure you're not going to take that route....my daughter had been checked that way when she was suspected to have possibly had it, but didn't.
 

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I have celiac disease. Formally diagnosed about 8 years ago but probably had it since I was a kid. I've been veg*n many years, since I was at least 20. Now I'm 54. Yes, I was overweight. I felt like I was starving all the time. Docs can test you through blood work and endoscopic biopsy. These tests ARE NOT always reliable. I was diagnosed through blood work alone.<br><br>
There are many options for veg*ns with CD, rice and quinoa to name a few. Certified gluten-free oats is available now, although some celiacs do not tolerate it. Thankfully, I can and have it about 3 times a week. Just look at all the foods you CAN eat, all those lovely vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts, leafy greens, etc.
 
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