The Gluten Connection to Osteoporosis and Autoimmune Diseases
Yes the antibodies. For, some people are the most important test. This test helps determine if you have inflammation in your thyroid and an inflamed thyroid doesn't work very well. So you're likely going to have symptoms whether it's the fatigue or the slow metabolism or hair folly. Now being cold all the time those are symptoms as well. You know when you stop and think about it it's pretty amazing. And pretty annoying really how gluten can so negatively affect your thyroid function and and it's just mind boggling to think how gluten can spark other autoimmune diseases as well and remember it only takes a very small amount of gluten to create a cascade of inflammation. So bottom line, it just doesn't pay to eat even a bite of gluten if you think you have a sensitivity. Developing an autoimmune disease may perhaps be related to a genetic predisposition or. Possibly, could be a combination of genetic predisposition plus poor nutrition lifestyle factors or even environmental exposures. We know that in the US about seventy five percent of people who develop an autoimmune disease are women. Remember. An autoimmune disease is a disease caused by the immune system attacking its own cells. Tissues organs. Type one diabetes as an example, pernicious anemia is an example we have so many different immune conditions but today what we want to get to as osteoporosis and its connection. Yes right. So Let's turn our attention to how gluten can affect our bone density or bone strength. I think it's interesting to realize that osteoporosis and if you're not familiar I, think most people know what it is but I'll just give a brief definition. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person's bones weak and more likely to break and osteoporosis is the eleventh leading cause of death in this country, and maybe that's a surprise to a lot of you here are a couple more statistics that I think are surprising one in two. Women one into over the age of fifty will break a bone because of osteoporosis. When we look at the male population, one in four men over the age of fifty will break a bone due to osteoporosis. You know as as as I was driving out of our neighborhood today to get to I ninety four to come to the radio station. We have so many neighbors this year that have really decorated their yards to the hilt for Halloween, and so there's a lot of skeletons. Some are standing up summer hanging from the trees. and. It just made me think of our topic today and certainly if we were to dig up alive skeleton that is dead bone but stop and think about the skeleton inside of your body that's very much alive. If you have healthy bones, you're constantly getting rid of old bone cells and rebuilding new bone cells, and in addition to holding you upright your bones are important for a healthy immune system all of our red and white blood cells are made in our bone marrow. So. That's that connection between the immune system. Now, we've talked a couple of times already we've said it here in the show today that gluten grains are very inflammatory for a lot of people because of my family's own gluten sensitivities, I've been researching this topic for the past decade. I'm constantly reading research and reading books on this topic of Gluten and its connection to autoimmune disease and other ill health effects. So I brought a little bit of that research to share. This research was published back in two thousand and seven, and it found that inflammation is what triggers the shift from healthy bones to osteoperosis. So knowing that doesn't it make sense that to maintain healthy strong bones you need to control inflammation as much as possible, get rid of it as you can control it as much as possible. So what I'm saying is getting gluten grains out of your diet could save your bone density. So many of you may be thinking, well, what is the leading cause of inflammation and if you haven't caught it from this show or from any of our other shows, our diet can be a leading cause of inflammation. We have said it many times today but to really get the point across gluten grains are one of the biggest culprits gluten has been found to create inflammation in the gut. It also creates stomach inflammation which means there's inflammation in other areas of the body. About, one percent of the US population have Celia disease, which is a genetic autoimmune reaction to gluten. But I have recently read purport reports that found that forty percent of the US population currently has a non seal Yak gluten sensitivity. And I know that might sound high to some people. It doesn't sound high to me because back when I was in clinical practice, I saw so many people with gluten sensitivity but just full disclosure I wanna let listeners know that some of the other researchers are speculating that it's probably more like six to ten percent of the general population that has a gluten sensitivity. So. The jury is still out on that one and the research is ongoing.